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How to Know If You’re Dehydrated While Nursing

And how to replenish your H2O fast.

How to Know If You’re Dehydrated While Nursing

*We’ve partnered with Liquid I.V. to help solve your pregnancy and postpartum thirst.

During pregnancy we work hard to make sure we’re drinking as many ounces of H2O as possible, but after the baby comes, things get kind of hectic. We’re totally consumed with taking care of baby and we can sometimes forget the simplest stuff: like the last time we had a sip of water!

But it’s so important not to become dehydrated while nursing. Dehydration isn’t just a health risk to you, mama. Your lack of hydration could actually cause your little one to become dehydrated too. That’s why we love Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier, it hydrates you faster and more efficiently than water alone and it tastes great! It’s a pregnancy and breastfeeding-safe, non-GMO electrolyte drink mix that can be easily stashed in any diaper bag or tote. By simply adding their convenient, single serving stick to a 16oz bottle of water you can provide your body with the same hydration as drinking two to three bottles.

Still, dehydration isn’t always easy to spot, especially when you’re distracted by that cute little baby of yours. Here are 5 warning signs that you are probably dehydrated.

1. You’ve got Dark Urine. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re fully hydrated is by taking a look down when you’re on the toilet. If your urine is dark and smelly, you’re not drinking enough.

2. Your Muscles are Cramping. As a new mom, there’s a lot of weird new stuff happening in your body, and often times, you assume it’s normal. But if your muscles are feeling tight and contracted, especially while you’re nursing, it’s probably a sign you’re dehydrated. Since Liquid I.V. uses Cellular Transport Technology (CTT)™, their clinically tested, breakthrough nutrient delivery system, it helps your body absorb water and essential nutrients two to three times faster than water alone, relieving those cramps as quickly as they came.

3. You’re not Producing as Much Milk. If your breasts don’t feel as full as normal, or if your baby doesn’t seem to be getting enough to drink, it might be because you’re not getting enough, either. Your body needs to be hydrated in order to produce enough milk for your little one. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight ounces of water every time you nurse. If your baby is nursing eight to ten times a day, that’s 64-80 ounces of water for you which should be plenty.

4. Your baby’s dehydrated. Are you noticing your baby has dry lips or a dry mouth? That could mean he or she isn’t getting enough to drink. You might find that a little extra hydration for mama will clear it right up, but of course, make sure to call to a lactation consultant or your pediatrician if you’re concerned.

5. You’re just not feeling so great. Fatigue, headaches, and confusion are not always just symptoms of being a new mom. You might be feeling under the weather because you haven’t had a drink of water all day! If you’re a little on the forgetful side already (we don’t judge), Liquid I.V. could be your saving grace. Proper hydration supports mental clarity, mood and energy levels, so your newfound Mommy Brain doesn’t prevent you from getting dehydrated while nursing.

Get 20% off your order now at www.Liquid-IV.com with code WELLROUNDED20.

Homepage photo by Belle Savransky for Well Rounded.

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