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I am nursing while pregnant, so I feel like I practically need an IV to stay hydrated! I drink pretty close to 80 ounces of filtered water a day, but my blood pressure is still a little low and I feel crappy. Recently I started drinking SmartWater, the water that has electrolytes (like gatorade without the sugar and flavor). I remember hearing that you shouldn't use gatorade unless you are participating in strenuous activity. Does chasing a 1 year old, nursing and being pregnant count as strenuous? I feel great after I drink it, so I am inclined to keep doing so. What do you guys think?
 

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How about RRL with Nettle tea? I drank that while nursing throughout my 4th pregnancy. Of course I had times when I was tired but it was just regular pregnant tired. I really would stay away from anything with sugar or artificial sweetener.<br><br>
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I'm drinking fruit juice mixed with seltzer. I have a really hard time guzzling plain water. It just makes me feel super yucky. Gatorade is much easier to get down and I feel much better, but I don't think it's all that good for me, so I try to limit my consumption. I know fruit juice has a lot of calories, so I mix it about 40% juice with 60% seltzer. I use the 100% juice Cranberry blends, so there's no added sugar at least. It seems a little more palatable.<br><br>
I also drink a few cups of pg tea in the evenings.<br><br>
And, I'm just pg, not even nursing. I don't know how you moms do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have such a hard time staying hydrated as it is.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm drinking fruit juice mixed with seltzer. I have a really hard time guzzling plain water. It just makes me feel super yucky. Gatorade is much easier to get down and I feel much better, but I don't think it's all that good for me, so I try to limit my consumption. I know fruit juice has a lot of calories, so I mix it about 40% juice with 60% seltzer. I use the 100% juice Cranberry blends, so there's no added sugar at least. It seems a little more palatable.<br><br>
I also drink a few cups of pg tea in the evenings.<br><br>
And, I'm just pg, not even nursing. I don't know how you moms do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have such a hard time staying hydrated as it is.</div>
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I have been enjoying the same thing! Very tasty, enjoyable, and hydrating when I just cant do anymore water!
 

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It's probably the combination of pregnancy and nursing. Before DS self-weaned in my 5th month, I was thirsty all of the time. Most adults need 64 oz of water a day - pregnant women need about 80, and pregnant & nursing mamas need about 96! It is really hard to get all of that water. What I tried to do was to make sure that I drank one full glass of water each hour - even if I had to chug it at 5 of the hour!<br><br>
You might also consider getting your thyroid and iron levels checked. Fatigue can be a sign of underactive thyroid or anemia.<br><br>
GL!
 

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Wow, 90 ounces, I thought 80 was adequate, but that explains why I was still thirsty. I do have thalassemia (a symptomless genetic form of anemia) and my thyroid levels were low a few months postpartum from my first baby, so I did have my thyroid checked at my last appointment, but my midwife said that my low blood pressure was due to lack of fluids.<br><br>
The SmartWater has no sugar, btw, it is just water with electrolytes. I just came across an article today that said that pregnant women do have increased needs for electrolytes and that low levels of electrolytes (indicated by persistant thirst and fatigue) can cause serious problems in pregnancy. So I guess my instincts were right about needing the electrolytes.
 

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Someone in another thread (in my DDC i think) said she used her camping gear to get her water/fluid intake. She has a hydration backpack thingy-- when I was in the military we called them Camel Backs, but I don't know what a camping or sports store would call them. They hold a lot of water and you wear it like a backpack with a straw. It's easy to drink out of all the time and you don't even realize how much fluid you're getting until you realize it's empty.
 
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