Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Keep it Cool!

Staying hydrated is especially important for expectant mama's in the summertime heat. If you get dehydrated, it decreases your energy levels and  you may experience lower blood levels, or hypovolemia. Baby gets less oxygen, too and your body responds with annoying braxton hicks contractions. So, drink lots of fresh, pure water during these warmer months! Juices are ok in moderation, but most prepackaged juices have high levels of sugar. If you want a refreshing boost, add sparkling water to half a glass of your favorite juice and pour over frozen fruit. My favorite is a combination of cranberry juice with sparkling water over frozen strawberries. Experiment with different flavors for variety. Stay hydrated, stay healthy, stay cool!

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