The Coconut Cure No One Knows About

A hidden secret revealed that can significantly help you during pregnancy.

This is the GOAL: 

The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women should aim to drink 12 to 13 (8 ounce) glasses of water each day.  We also recommend adding 1 (8 ounce) glass of coconut water per day.

The coconut cure… 

If you’re pregnant drink coconut water because the amniotic fluid surrounding your unborn baby is composed of electrolyte-rich water, it’s a good idea to increase liquids.  Along with plain water, drink coconut water—which has the same electrolyte profile of human blood plasma, resulting in improved hydration.  Aim for 1 (8 ounce) glass of coconut water per day.

Did you know that staying hydrated can help your placenta (Your baby’s life source)?

During pregnancy you have 40-60% increase in blood volume.  This happens because your body needs to provide support and supply your baby and the placenta with all the nutrients and oxygen they need to be created.  Did you know that a fully developed placenta covers 15-30% of the lining of your uterus (The uterus is your baby’s home) and contains about 150 ml (Imagine five 8 ounce glasses) of blood that is replenished three to four times per minute?  Staying hydrated while making healthy lifestyle choices both contribute to a healthy placenta.  This is so important because the health of your developing baby depends on the placenta’s hard work, which is dependent on your blood volume to have a well-profused placenta.             

The 6 most common signs you’re dehydrated during pregnancy.

  • Thirst
  • Maternal overheating (Staying hydrated will help regulate your body temperature)
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dark colored urine
  • Urinary tract infections (Which can lead to pre-term labor and other maternal/neonatal infections)

Common signs you’re hydrated!

  • Light or clear urine color
  • Less edema (A common complaint is swelling of the legs, surprisingly, staying hydrated will help your body not swell as bad)   

Consider creating a plan for ways to prevent dehydration and talk to your health care provider for advice, especially if you have any pregnancy complications or concerns. 

I’d love to know: What hydration strategies help you the most?  Will you try to add coconut water into your day?

Leave a comment below and share your hydration tips.

Pregnant moms come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your perspective may help someone else build health while finding strength in motherhood.

Thank you so much for reading.  Share this coconut cure with anyone who needs a boost.  It’s sure to hydrate, resulting in more energy which most likely will brighten their day!

Let’s enjoy a virtual cup of coconut water!

XO,

Jenny

 

P.S. Most fruits and veggies have a high percentage of water.  I hope you’re convinced about the coconut cure.  But I also wanted to include other hydrating foods!  I think you’re well prepared now!

 

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