When you are nurturing another human life within your body, nourishment for both is key. While there is no need for an expecting mother to eat for two, loading up on as many nutrients as possible is an absolute must. In addition to eating healthy, you’ve got to drink healthy too. Here is a rundown of seven must-have healthy drinks during pregnancy.
Water is called the elixir of life and rightly so. Water, that is pivotal to the sustenance of life, is extremely essential for the wellness of expecting mothers and their unborn babies alike. During pregnancy, drinking adequate amounts of water helps keep the body cells duly hydrated and replenish the amniotic fluid. Health experts recommend 80 ounces or 2.3 litres of water consumption per day during pregnancy.
It is hard to beat the rich combination of essential minerals, vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates found in milk, which makes it one of the top healthy drinks during pregnancy. Besides, a baby needs a great deal of calcium to build their bone structure, and milk is one of the best natural sources of calcium that can not only meet your baby’s needs but also prevent your body’s calcium stores from tanking.
Polishing off an entire plate of fruits can be hard, given that your appetite during pregnancy can be as unpredictable as your mood. A glass of fruit smoothies made with yoghurt or milk is a healthy, refreshing alternative that can give you antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients worth an entire meal. And they are absolutely slurp-ably delicious too.
It is possible that you are not a big fan of vegetables but these are an essential part of a balanced diet during pregnancy. If you can’t bring yourself to eat veggies for every meal of every day, try including vegetable juices in your diet to load up on the nutrients in a tasty and interesting way. Vegetable juices made from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, collard greens(saag), cabbage, radish, and turnip make for healthy drinks during pregnancy, as these are rich sources of protein and folic acid.
This is a super drink that every expecting mother must include in her diet. Packed with electrolytes and essential nutrients, this natural isotonic beverage is a healthy way to meet your body’s hydration needs. Given its naturally sweet taste and rich nutrient content, coconut water is a great choice for maintaining body’s hydration levels for women who are not used to drinking large quantities of water.
It is tangy, it is delicious, and it is a rich source of Vitamin C – all in all, a healthy drink during pregnancy that checks all the right boxes. If you have been struggling with nausea or morning sickness, a glass of cool lemonade might just prove to be the saviour for you.
Doctors and health experts recommend cutting back on your tea and coffee intake during pregnancy. But what do you do when cravings strike? Replacing these beverages with herbal teas can be a great fix. Sipping on a cup of steaming hot Rooibos, Nettle leaf, or simple home-made tulsi and mint tea satiates tea/coffee cravings minus the dose of caffeine and also provides you with benefits of anti-oxidants and nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, as well as potassium.
You don’t need to load up each one of these healthy drinks every single day of your pregnancy. You could try alternating between fruit smoothies and vegetable juices or coconut water and lemonade. Just mix and match to fit them in your diet plan in a way that works best for you.