How Much Water Is Enough?
Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and when we work out, we lose water and nutrients. It’s important to replace the water and electrolytes that we lose daily to avoid low energy, headaches, and to support your pregnancy or breastfeeding experience.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Sport Science, dehydration can also have a negative impact on your physical performance during exercise. Exercise, what? Yes, exercise in pregnancy and postpartum. But also, ask any mother, pregnancy, and birth only can be considered exercise!
How much water is enough?
Not sure where to start? Most nutritionists and health experts agree that eight glasses of water a day is a good jumping-off point, but that number can vary tremendously depending on a wide variety of factors. Hydration is highly personal and different depending on your height, weight, and the amount and conditions of your exercise.
If you are a moderate to heavy exerciser, aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. And when exercising, try to add a pinch of salt or an electrolyte tablet to your water.
If you are lactating or breastfeeding, I also recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
To increase your intake, try this:
Try taking two sips of water every 30 minutes during your day to get in the habit of drinking small amounts regularly. You can add some lemon or lime, or even some cucumber for an extra boost. You will find that the water will improve your digestion and your concentration, and as a bonus, it will also give you clearer skin.