So I'm constantly thirsty which is good because I definitely need to drink more but water and nausea don't mix well. Lemon in my water helps a little but I don't always have lemon. I could drink Crystal Lite or something but that's not healthy (especially not now). What can I drink that has a touch of flavor, little sugar/sodium and now artificial sweeteners? Yeah, that doesn't even sound possible. Ideas?
What are you drinking?
I don't know anything about using stevia in pregnancy, but I just read that Vitawater (? I think?) has a bottled water flavored with stevia, no artificial sweeteners.
I love xylitol and can't wait until it's more widely used. It's another all natural sweetener. I used it throughout my last pregnancy to maintain my dental health, and I give it to my kids who used to be cavity-prone, and now have great teeth because of the xylitol. Their dentist sells it. For now apparently you can buy xylitol syrup to use in your own water, if you want to. I haven't tried that but I'm thinking I might order some. Here's another brand.
I really like this idea. I will have to give it a try.
During the first trimester of my last pregnancy, Reed's Ginger Brew was a lifesaver. It's naturally sweetened and has real ginger in it. It worked really well to keep my nausea down. I also made ginger tea by boiling ginger slices in water. You can add some agave or honey.
Right now I'm eating tons of citrus (grapefruit and oranges together). If you can stomach citrus fruit, it's got tons of water in it so it will keep you hydrated. Also soups and/or broth (with not too much salt) will keep you hydrated. I remember miso broth helping a lot in my first pregnancy.
I drink a lot of herbal tea these days. I used to be a Earl Grey gal, but I'm taking a break from real tea for at least the first trimester. I've been drinking lots of mint tea, some chamomile, sometimes ginger, sometimes a fruity, tart herbal blend. I also drink water with a little lemon juice in it pretty regularly. Perhaps buy a bottle of lemon juice to keep in the fridge for when you run out of actual lemons? And I really love carbonated water these days, but don't have it around as often as I'd like. :)
Although not the greatest or "purest" choice, the closest I've been able to get to water (makes me very sick to my stomach) is adding a little of the dry propel mix to the water. There are b vitamins mixed in as well and just a little taste helps me to stay hydrated. I think the b vitamins also help me with my MS so the water doesn't upset my stomach as much. Not ideal, but I've tried just about everything else, and it's what works for me right now. Good Luck!