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H2-OH! How To Make Sure You Drink Enough Water

As a new mom, you’ve got plenty of things to think about other than getting your daily fill of water. So don’t think about it—make it a no-brainer with our simple strategies.
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Glug, glug, glug: sound familiar? Good! Drinking water is key for keeping your body operating in peak form and, if you’re breastfeeding, maintaining your milk supply. “If you need to shed post-pregnancy pounds, water can help, especially because it makes you feel full and less likely to overeat,” adds Colleen Lammel-Harmon, R.D., a nutritionist and executive director of the Mayor’s Fitness Council in Chicago, Illinois. Your goal: Down about eight glasses a day, more if you’re nursing. Some simple strategies:

1. Start your day off right. “I pour myself a glass of water when I wake up in the morning, and then I’m in the mindset to keep drinking water all day long,” says Kelly Emley, a Massillon, Ohio mom of three.

2. Put water, water everywhere. Leave a glass or pitcher of it in the spots where you hang out the most—by the bed, the couch, or the rocking chair where you nurse.

3. Make it fancy. Dress up water with apple or orange slices or berries. Use a spiffy glass and you’ll feel like you’re drinking a fruity cocktail (well, almost).

4. Don’t leave home without it. “I fill a couple of reusable bottles with water or seltzer in the morning, then I toss one bottle under the stroller and one in the car,” says Maritza Archila, a mom of three in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “I even bought an inexpensive soda machine that carbonates regular water. It takes seconds, and I love the taste.”

5. Down other liquids, too. Skim milk, coffee and tea do, although research shows that downing 500 to 600 mg of caffeine a day (about four cups of coffee) can have a diuretic effect. “I like to make homemade decaf iced green and fruit teas year round—they’re a great pick-me-up,” says Joanna Kluch, a mom of one in Springfield, Missouri. Fruit juice and juice drinks also hydrate you (just don’t overdo the sugar).

6. Eat water-filled foods. “Fruits and vegetables are especially high in water content,” notes Lammel-Harmon. She likes to snack on frozen grapes and makes breakfast smoothies with fruit, skim milk, yogurt, and ice. Mmm, mmm good—and good for you.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by If you are feeding your baby by bottle it will be eaisier. New borns need to eat every 2 hours so when you give your baby a bottle remind yourself hay i need some water to and drin plenty when you child is feeding. Now if your breast feeding it might make this challage more difficult. Keep a waterbottle in the dipar bay. One in the refriguator, and one in the bedrooms. Before its time to feed your child make sure they are always full, And have it nest to the tv remote, or in arms reach so you can drink while feeding. Also if your a dieabedic always and i mean always keep candy or your meds in the diper bag at all times. Its best to Have extras lying around all over the place. March 12, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is very important, especially to keep hydrated if you are breastfeeding. October 28, 2011
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