Despite the morning sickness, sleepless nights, uncontrollable weight gain and crazy mood swings, being pregnant is a beautiful and wonderful journey. Other than maintaining a healthy diet, keeping your body hydrated also plays an important role during pregnancy.
There are a lot of delicious beverages out there that will quench your thirst, but what can you drink when you’re pregnant that will be both delicious and beneficial to you and your baby? There are a lot of healthy choices to pick from, and whichever you decide to sip on make sure you are always keeping yourself hydrated throughout your pregnancy.
Maternal dehydration is caused by morning sickness, insufficient drinking and excessive urination and sweating. Depending on each woman, it can be treated early by restoring liquids. Constipation, Braxton hick’s, low amniotic fluid and feeling faint are some complications you may experience when you choose not to keep up with your fluid intake.
The amniotic fluid that protects your unborn changes frequently when you’re expecting. And when the second trimester comes around, the baby begins to drink it. Failing to hydrate can result in oligohydramnios, also known as Low Amniotic Fluid.
Other pregnancy complications caused by dehydration include Braxton hick’s contractions, constipation, and feeling faint. For the unfortunate women who endure morning sickness or hyperemesis (sever morning sickness), keep a glass of water close by your side because when you get sick, it speeds up the loss of water and electrolytes. Women find that when they are feeling nauseous and sweaty, it discourages them from drinking fluids voluntarily hence replacing the lost nutrients.
Soft drinks, sodas and drinks high in caffeine and artificial flavours are delicious but they should be avoided during pregnancy. For women who are social drinkers, they find it difficult to switch to alcoholic-free drinks when craving something refreshing, tasty and healthy! Here is a list of mouth-watering must-have drinks when you’re pregnant.
7 Fruit Smoothies
The number of healthy ingredients available for smoothies is practically limitless. After your basic fruits and vegetables, you can add an array of the various spices, herbs, superfoods, and other health foods. The possibilities and combinations are endless.
Depending on what fruits and/or vegetables you mix in your smoothie, you will be having the needed fruit servings per day in one delicious setting. Provide your body with the nutrients it needs to excel during prenatal yoga or when you need the energy to get up and have another snack.
Every day, you and your unborn baby are exposed to and bombarded by man-made chemicals which leave your body begging to detoxify. Give your digestive system a break while adding detoxifying ingredients like dandelion greens and kale into your smoothies to get rid of those unwelcome toxins in your body. Having a smoothie comes with a long list of advantages and benefits.
Canada’s Food Guide recommends 7-8 fruit serving per day. It is very important to implement this food group in your daily meals. Key vitamins supplied by this food group include beta carotene, needed for your baby's cell and tissue development, vision, and immune system; vitamin C, crucial for your baby's bones and teeth, as well as the collagen in your baby's connective tissue; potassium, which helps control blood pressure; and folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube defects and promotes a healthy birth weight.
The fiber content of fruits and vegetables also provides a number of benefits, including keeping your bowels moving. This helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids, two common problems during pregnancy.
Reduce the number of times you get sick (if at all) by having a yummy smoothie and lesson the severity by empowering your immune system. And the best part is you can consume a smoothie at any time of the day, not just breakfast. Heading to your OB/GYN appointment or to doing some retail therapy, grab a smoothie!
6 Pasteurized Cow’s Milk
Milk is a vital dietary source of calcium and other nutrients. If calcium intake is not adequate during pregnancy, the fetal body absorbs calcium from maternal bones to meet the requirements, thus it is vital to get adequate calcium for the health of both the mother and baby.
It is a reliable source for obtaining proteins a cup of low fat milk offers 8.22 g of proteins. This extra supply of proteins is utilized for building uterus, remodelling breast and baby’s tissues. Protein deficiency can cause several health problems in a baby including low birth weight. Vitamin D supplied by milk is helpful in preventing low birth weight and neonatal rickets in pregnancy along with other issues
Whether you choose skimmed or full cream milk, it’s important that it is pasteurized. Pasteurization slows the growth of bacteria by heating the milk to a certain temperature and then cooling it. Drinking raw milk can be dangerous during pregnancy because it contains bacteria that can cause serious infections in you and the growing fetus as well.
Milk also helps to keep your skin supple, soft, and glowing. Cleopatra knew what she was doing when she took baths in milk; this is thanks to the many vitamins and nutrients that are essential to skin health. We’re not saying you need to fill a tub with milk and relax, but drinking at least two glasses per day will provide you with this benefit.
Over the last few decades, researchers have found that milk helps prevent many different diseases. This includes its ability to help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes. In addition, milk has the ability to reduce the production of cholesterol by your liver, and helps improve eyesight.
There are some researchers who believe that milk can also reduce the risk of developing certain forms of cancer. It also acts as a heartburn eliminator for those really acidic foods. One of the simplest – and yummiest – ways to alleviate this pain is drinking a glass of milk. The cooling sensation and the thick consistency of milk helps to coat the esophagus and stomach lining to prevent heartburn.
Unfortunately, mood swings, stress and irritability are part of the package deal when you’re an expecting mother. Drinking a glass of warm milk at the end of the day will help relieve muscle tension and soothe the nerves, plus it pairs well with cookies, cakes and many of your midnight cravings.
5 Coconut Water
Replenishing yourself with healthy drinks during pregnancy saves you from the exhaustion that sets in and also from dehydration. However, sipping on water throughout the day might seem a bit boring.
Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes and minerals that are great to replenish your body’s electrolyte and water reserves, coconut water is a simple and readily available remedy for dehydration. Apart from that, it also aids in relieving diarrhea by re-fuelling your body with essential nutrients and thus, prevents the onset of dehydration.
This is surely a wonder drink for pregnant woman. ‘Coconut water is loaded with micro minerals and helps to tackle fluctuating BP. Especially in the last trimester when the brewing tension of labour and delivery can take a toll, sips of coconut water can help regulated BP.
Coconut water is a zero-cholesterol, fat-free beverage that helps in maintaining the health of the mother and baby. To enjoy the various benefits of this wonder drink, pick up a fresh green colored coconut whose water will taste sweet and have a pleasant flavor. Make sure you have the water as soon as the coconut is cut so that it is fresh and has all the nutrients intact.
Arguably the best tasting and most nutritious coconut water comes from picking up a young coconut and popping in a straw. But since that’s not always feasible, there are other coconut water brands out there;Vita Coco, Zico and Harmless Harvest. All three of these are delicious and easy to find at your local grocery store, but we would recommend Harmless Harvest as it is an organic option and is the safest for pregnant women
4 Pomegranate Mockitini
Just because you are breastfeeding or pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on some fun drinks when the weather turns warm. There are hundreds of summer non-alcoholic mocktails beyond the Shirley Temple that are worthy of a little paper umbrella, even without the alcohol.
For women who are social drinkers, being pregnant may sometimes make you feel like your partying days are over. That should never be the case. Whether you’re hosting a family bbq or a friendly get together; whip up a pitcher of pomegranate mockitini (which is quick and easy) and guaranteed to get you into the party mood.
For this recipe you will need 3tbs pomegranate seeds, big bunch mint, 2 limes quartered, plus slices to garnish, 1 litre pomegranate juice and 500lm lemonade
A day ahead, divide the pomegranate seeds between the holes in an ice cube tray, top up with water and freeze. Reserve half the mint for serving, and tear the rest into a large jug with the lime quarters. Using a rolling pin, bash the mint and lime to release the flavours. Add the pomegranate juice and lemonade. Put ice cubes in each glass, then strain over the pomegranate mix through a small sieve. Garnish with lime slices and more mint.
Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.
Alaboratory study found that pomegranate juice limits injury in human placental tissue and in isolated human cell cultures. More specifically, the juice, which is high in polyphenolic antioxidants, compounds that protect against cell death, reduced stress and death of human fetal and placental cells that were grown in culture
Quench your thirst with this delicious mocktini, and never miss out on the party just because you have a little person growing inside of you!
3 Vegetable Drinks
Good nutrition before and after the birth of a baby can have positive effects for mom and baby long term. One of the most important things you can do for the proper development of your baby and uncomplicated delivery is getting the right nutrients. During pregnancy, so many adjustments are taking place in your body to accommodate the fetus, promote growth and prepare your body for delivery.
Getting good nutrition for you and your baby are easier then you think, and juicing can help support your goals for healthiness all around! The great part about juicing is you can customize your healthy drink by adding your favourite vegetables and ones that will benefit you and your unborn baby.
Spinach, kale, tomatoes, and cantaloupe are great vegetable ideas for juicing. Key vitamins supplied by this food group include beta carotene, needed for your baby's cell and tissue development, vision, and immune system; vitamin C, crucial for your baby's bones and teeth, as well as the collagen in your baby's connective tissue.
Potassium is a mineral which helps control blood pressure; and folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube defects and promotes a healthy birth weight. Having vegetable juice opposed to having whole veggies is much more fun! You get your vegetable servings in one setting and besides, they're absolutely delicious.
Do not juice fast while pregnant. You could, technically, but this is not the time for this for many reasons. The main one being that when you fast, your body uses the energy to cleanse toxins faster then normal (the main reason for fasting) and many would argue that environment is not ideal for baby. Ask your doctor if you really want too.
Ginger is highly recommended to juice when pregnant. Not only is ginger a really nice addition to most juice combos, it can help nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness. It also promotes gas elimination. Always keep apple, celery and ginger (keeps well in freezer!) in your house. These are easy and quick to juice should you need it. Only a small ½ inch piece is needed per glass. Ginger can go a long way in juice.
2 Raspberry Leaf Tea
Finding a great tasting and beneficial tea is difficult when you're pregnant. Herbal teas and teas high in caffeine should be avoided during pregnancy. Raspberry leaf is a leaf derived from the raspberry plant. While we don't recommend making your own tea with raspberry leaves from your garden, you can find a great herbal tea from your local grocery store or health food store.
Raspberry tea is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients inraspberry leaf tea make it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labor.
When taken during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is said to aid the mother’s immune system, ease morning sickness and promote better circulation. Taking raspberry leaf is said to strengthen uterine muscles and tone the pelvic floor in preparation for childbirth, as well as assist with breastmilk supply.
Studies have shown that women who take red raspberry leaf have a reduced incidence of birth interventions. Research has also found that women who drink red raspberry leaf tea regularly towards the end of their pregnancies had shorter second stages of labour than those who don’t. This tea almost sounds too good to be true!
If you like to drink a sweet tea, then you can add some honey and mint for flavour or have this tea as is. The best time to have the tea is in the morning or right before going to bed. It's a natural tea therefore it will relax your muscles and won't give you any unnecessary energy that will keep you up at night. Because when you're pregnant you need all the sleep you can get.
Well this may seem a bit staid, but h2O plays an important role during those 9 precious months. An essential element of life, water makes up over 50% of our body weight, and water makes up 60% of a grown man's tissue. Pregnant and breast feeding women are encouraged to increase their intake of water and other fluids to meet their bodies' needs.
Water helps prevent dehydration and provides various health benefits throughout pregnancy. Symptoms of dehydration include nausea, dizziness and headaches. Properly hydrating yourself helps alleviate these symptoms and uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy.
Your baby needs a deep swimming pool to nestle in, and maintaining a good level of amniotic fluid is of utmost importance. Drinking water helps ensure the amniotic fluid levels don’t go too low, according to some studies. During your entire pregnancy the amniotic fluid levels increase naturally into the last trimester when around 34-36 weeks the fluid starts to decrease until you go into labour and give birth to your baby.
Fruits, vegetables and your prenatal vitamins are so important because they all start with water!
I know you already feel like your baby is treating your bladder like a squeeze toy but never you mind the doubled trips to the bathroom. Water is great for you! 9-12 glasses per day will make your skin glow and eliminate waste.
Because dehydration can cause contractions, lack of water in the third trimester can also cause premature labor. Premature labor can have many health risks to the newborn baby. In some cases, premature labor were stopped simply by giving the mother enough water to re-hydrate her body.
Of course after birth drinking is also imperative, especially for nursing mothers who are maintaining milk supply for their babies. Drinking plenty of water also promotes a healthy digestive system, which helps relieve hemorrhoids and constipation. So bottoms up!