During pregnancy, your body needs more water to cope with the demands of your changing body. Water is essential for healthy blood cells and to keep your body hydrated. Water is also a key component of breastmilk, and essential for good lactation
A natural isotonic beverage, coconut water helps prevent dehydration. It also relieves exhaustion by replenishing the natural salts lost by the body when you sweat. It is an extremely healthy option for quenching your thirst when pregnant.
Lime juice or lemonade
The eternal favourite! Lime juice or lemonade keeps you hydrated and provides vitamin C that helps your body to absorb iron more effectively. You can sip the drink during the day or with your meal. And, if you're struggling with morning sickness, lime juice or lemonade with some mint and crushed ginger can be a welcome alternative.
Fresh fruit juice
Fresh juices from sweet lime, oranges, pineapple, musk melon and watermelons are great for hot weather. If you have them fresh, these juices are packed with all the nutrients that fruits bring. If you buy juices from a store, make sure they have the label ‘100% juice’ on them. Otherwise the drink might contain more sugar and artificial flavours than real fruit!
Milk based drinks
Milk products are high in calcium, protein and Vitamin B-12. In hot weather, chilled skimmed milk, lassi and buttermilk are a great way to keep cool and stay hydrated. Milkshakes or fruit smoothies made with some milk, curd, ice and fruit are packed with minerals and nutrients. All these are great for hydrating your body and also for providing a healthy snack between meals. However, speak to your doctor if you are lactose intolerant.
Apart from providing various nutrients, fruit sherbets are believed to cool, hydrate as well as help pregnant mums cope with morning sickness.
Home-made vegetable juice
If you're having trouble getting enough veggies in your diet, try drinking your vegetables instead. In the heat of the day, a cold vegetable juice can be delicious. These will be refreshing and provide you with nutrients.
Fruit mocktails are a great alternative when you're at a party, holiday, pub or social gathering and looking for a non-alcoholic drink. Fruits mocktails help you get some of the nutrients you and your baby need. Plus, you save money, because non-alcoholic drinks cost less and there are no arguments about who's driving back home.
Water with frozen fruits
Make a plain glass of water more refreshing by adding frozen fruit such as orange, lemon, kiwi, peach, apricot and plum instead of ice cubes. The frozen fruit looks colourful floating about in the clear water and it chills your drink, giving it a hint of fruity flavour.