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About 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and we’re guessing that percentage is even higher for moms. Motherhood is not only distracting, but it’s also depleting, especially if you’re pregnant, postpartum or nursing. And while there’s no time more critical to be drinking more water, there’s also literally no time to be drinking more water.
Like anything else in motherhood, there are ways to game the hydration system. Like using Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier, a non-GMO electrolyte drink mix that helps you hydrate faster and more efficiently than water alone. That’s not the only trick up our sleeve, though. Below, 3 of our fave healthy Instagram moms share their best tricks for staying hydrated, even with kids in tow.
Mom to Miley-Rose, 6; Kingsley-Rae, 4
Hydration Trick: Set a drinking reminder on your phone.
I love a good lazy summer. I purposely don't put the kids in camp so that we are free to plan the day as we please. We try to get out everyday -- to the local pool or beach, to go hiking or biking, and just discover different parks in NYC to visit and play. As moms, we get so busy with the day-to-day stuff that we often forget to take care of ourselves, and staying hydrated is a big one.
If I don't stay hydrated, I get headaches that can last all day, plus my skin will actually feel dry. It's as if I can feel the wrinkles forming! Hydration is the Number 1 ingredient to anti-aging. Knowing all this, I still find myself gulping water at the end of the day because I didn't drink enough.
I always carry a reusable water bottle that can be refilled on the go, and I have a reminder on my phone that alerts me every two hours to make sure I'm hydrating. A little flavor helps too; Liquid I.V. gives the water a pleasant taste making it super easy to drink.
Mom to Sawyer, 16 months
Hydration Trick: Drink when your kid drinks.
Summer as a mama of a toddler has been so awesome and busy! We have been spending most of our days running around outside at the parks, playgrounds and water parks.
I am constantly trying to drink water because I find that it is hard to function when I am dehydrated. But it’s also hard to remember when I am running around and catering to the needs of my daughter. Occasionally, I will go hours without taking a sip of water.
The best trick I know to keep myself hydrated, especially when we are out and about, is to keep a water bottle in our stroller and to take a drink water myself whenever I offer my daughter her water. I keep Liquid I.V. packets in our stroller or diaper bag so I can pour it in and really maximize each bottle of water.
Bodie, 2 years; Pregnant with Baby 2
Hydration Trick: Drink a big glass at breakfast, so you’re starting the day with a good foundation.
My first pregnancy was filled with yoga, regular massages and December temperatures. This time around, I’m in the home stretch during the dog days of summer in the city, and I have a 2-year-old who is not so much a meditative yogi, though such a fun companion.
I swear hydration has been the most straightforward cure-all during this entire pregnancy, but it’s hard to get my 10+ cups a day. When I worked full time, I welcomed a water cooler break and had a tumbler on my desk at all times. Now, I have so many glasses strewn around my house that I fill up and forget to drink!
After the first bout of headaches around Week 15 of this pregnancy, I started keeping a water bottle in my stroller and a big mason jar by my bed for naps and nighttime. I’ll fill it up in the morning to get a headstart and drink it while Bodie has his smoothie & Peppa Pig dose of the day. I worry a lot about not taking as good care of myself as I did when I was carrying Bodie, and I’ve been loving any little tools, like Liquid I.V., to keep me hydrated. It makes me feel like I’m giving our baby girl a little extra TLC without the luxury of time.
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Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids for Well Rounded.