The recommended daily intake of water is 8 cups. I wasn’t even meeting that criteria before I got pregnant. Quickly, I discovered that you have to drink much more water while pregnant or breastfeeding. Some women get so thirsty, they’ll say they drink a gallon of water a day, or ten water bottles a day, or some nonsense. This does not apply to me.
It’s not that I don’t like drinking water. It’s not that I don’t find it refreshing, or that I just don’t like the flavor. When it comes to water, I just don’t want to take the time! I either don’t think of it often enough, or I don’t want to get up and put in the effort. Running water on-demand, I tell ya, it’s just so exhausting. (Can you say “millenial problems”?)
Whatever camp you fall into, whether it’s breastfeeding, working out, trying to lose weight, clear your skin, avoid those pesky UTI’s, or just be healthier in general, I have compiled here a list of ways to get yourself drinking more of liquid life every day. How to enjoy it, and how to make it a daily habit. Here we go!
1. Bring it
If you need to, having a glass or bottle of water somewhere in each room is not a bad idea. Especially in the rooms where you typically breastfeed or pump. Take water with you whenever you leave the house. Start a habit of repeating, “wallet, phone, keys, water” every time you go anywhere, to remind yourself. Do what you need to do to make sure water is always available and within arms reach.
2. Flavor it
Gatorade and other sports drinks are great for hydrating you after you are dehydrated. However, when you’re already hydrated, they only add more sugar to your bloodstream. If you need the extra calories because you are working out heavily, or losing weight while breastfeeding, these drinks are a good option. If you are like me though, you want a calorie-free substitute. But something with flavor! Plain water does get boring. You can drink an herbal tea, squeeze a lemon into your water, or use an infuser with cucumbers or berries. Coffee does not count as a flavored water, unfortunately. There aren’t any calories, but the caffeine in coffee is dehydrating, because it acts as a diuretic, so coffee is technically a no-no.
3. Filter it
Sometimes tap water at home can have an unpleasant or metallic taste. It isn’t a very good motivator to drink more water when you can’t stand the way it tastes, and whenever you drink it you find yourself questioning whether it truly is healthy or not. For this reason I have invested in a pitcher filter. We have had this filter probably 6 months now and have only just changed the filter for the first time. It works great, and I can leave it out on the counter if I want to have room temperature water to drink, or put it in the fridge if I want it cold.
4. Schedule it
Plan on drinking water at a certain time each day, and follow through by setting a timer on your phone. Or, schedule it around certain events or activities you do each day, such as every time you have a meal, have a glass of water with it. And every time you make your bed, have a glass of water then too, etc. Make it a habit! For breastfeeding moms, you could plan to drink a glass every time you pump or your little one eats. It’s that simple!
5. Track it
Keeping track of how much water you are drinking can inspire you to drink even more. You can drink your water one glass at a time if you like, but for me, it’s easier to drink more when I have a large cup that will hold 2 or more 8 ounce glasses. Canning jars are great for this. A pint jar holds 16 ounces of water, and I even have a DIY for you to turn it into a super-cute tumbler!
Hey, guess what? Free printable, that’s what! I created a free printable image for you to track you water. you can download my water chart and print it out to put on your refrigerator!
Tip: place a magnet on how many cups you’ve had that day, and you can reuse the page every week!