Sweaty Mommy Survival Guide Tip #1: Hydrate!
Staying hydrated is important for moms and moms-to-be. Dehydration can cause headaches, cramps, and for pregnant mommies, Braxton-Hicks contractions. It can also make our workout less effective and can cause us to eat more, as we sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. "Busy-ness" is often another culprit for low water intake, as we often forget to stop for a sip. Here are 3 easy tips that will increase your hydration level:
Start your day with a glass water: After sleeping (or, as a mom, sometimes not sleeping) overnight, our bodies could use a healthy dose of water. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning can help us set the tone for drinking water for the rest of the day. It also helps our metabolism get going.
Eat your water: Fruits and veggies are great sources of water. Cucumbers, lettuce, melons, celery, and strawberries are a few examples water-filled foods that help you stay hydrated.
Get a good sized water bottle: Buying a 32oz water bottle and setting a goal to finish two full bottles per day helps set a more manageable visual goal than getting individual glasses of water. You can even get a water bottle with an infuser (we personally like Zing Anything's infuser) to allow for fun flavors and more health benefits.
The real deal: Yes, increasing your water intake and staying hydrated may have your running to the restroom more often. Many of us don't go as often as we should because we aren't getting enough water. As your body gets used to your new hydration level, this should improve.
For more about dehydration and how to stay hydrated, read this super helpful WebMD guide.
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