I have to admit something: I hate drinking water. I really, really do. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. For some reason, I just never liked drinking water, and would make all kinds of stipulations around me consuming it. It needed to be bottled water only. It couldn’t be from the tap. It needed to be super cold and have ice. Blah blah blah. Now that I’m older, I truly see how silly that is, but yet I still have that same aversion. With this 3rd pregnancy, I’ve found myself extremely thirsty so I’ve had to resort to new ways to get myself to ingest water in this summer heat.
Get the right cup and fill it up
I have a reusable cup of water available at all times now. I’ve even trained, I mean taught my kids to make sure mama has water with her at all times so she and the baby can drink and be healthy. I’ve learned that the type of cup is key. I use insulated tumblers as much as possible, as they are able to keep the water nice and cold.
Add fruits and veggies
Spa water recipes are all over the internet, especially Pinterest, so take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies by adding them to your water. I’ve discovered which infused waters I really enjoy (cucumber, lemon and strawberry is delectable), and I make sure to treat myself to these on the days when I just don’t want to drink water. I also make homemade fruit syrups, like strawberry syrup. I’ll add a tablespoon on days when I really need something sweet but don’t want to turn to juices.
Set a reminder
We have no issues adding reminders in our phones or on our computers about important meetings, appointments and assignments. Why not do the same for your water intake? I set a timer to eat and snack and drink water at least every 2 hours now. This is due to the baby, but I hope to continue this trend once he’s here and I’ll need to remind myself of these things even more. If you are an app fanatic, there are water intake apps available that will alert you when it’s time to consume. Here’s a good tip: set a snack/water reminder right before any meetings or appointments you may have. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.
Night time is the right time
Some days, as hard as I try, I still don’t consume the proper amount of water. Since our bodies reset when we sleep, a few glasses of water about an hour before bedtime is a great way to catch up on your intake for the day. This will give your body enough time to take advantage of the nourishment, and enough time to *ahem* release what it doesn’t need. You can hit up the restroom right before you get in bed and not be bothered. Don’t forget to still leave a cup of water on your bedside for those middle of the night sips.