I was sick over the weekend. Blergh! I picked up a bug somewhere and spent most of Sunday in bed. I was drinking so much water to rehydrate and I woke up this morning feeling great. I know I don’t drink enough water day-to-day as I often wake up feeling dehydrated. I’m usually fine in the mornings, but as the afternoon/evening creeps in I slow down on the water consumption. But between feeding Olivia, making her meals, working, tidying up and everything else in my busy day, sometimes I just forget.

As mums, we need to look after ourselves and hydration is an important part of this. Here are six ways you can drink more water.

1. If you are breastfeeding, grab a big glass (or bottle) of water before you sit down for each feed. Make sure you finish the glass of water before you finish feeding. Staying hydrated while breastfeeding is so important and this is an easy way to do it.

2. Purchase a water bottle and fill it up every morning. Try and get a 1L size one if you think you can carry it around as you will have to fill it less frequently and you are more likely to drink more water.

3. Have a glass of water with every meal. If you normally have tea/coffee/soft drink with meals, swap these out for water or at least drink a glass of water before your other drink. If you are drinking alcohol, drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink to try and keep you water up.

4. A few years back I was drinking the Sassy Water from the Flat Belly Diet. I wasn’t following the diet but actually found preparing the water each night was a good habit to get into and I finished the whole 2Lt every day. What is Sassy Water you ask? Combine 2Lt waer, 1 tsp fresh grated ginger, 1 peeled and thinly sliced cucumber, 1 thinly sliced lemon and 12 mint leaves in a jug and leave it in your fridge overnight. It can get a bit expensive to be buying these ingredients all the time so maybe just use the Sassy Water to kick start you back into good water drinking habits.

5. Whenever you give your kids a drink of water, have one yourself. It is good role modelling behaviour for them and they might be more inclined to drink themselves.

6. Start the morning with a glass of water. Every morning when I get up, I pour a glass of water and head to my study to work before Olivia wakes up. We then have breakfast together an hour or so later when she is awake. I find the glass of water in the morning helps refresh me and keep me thinking clearly.

How do you make sure you drink enough water each day?


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