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Birth is like a marathon or an Ironman or a three day CrossFit Games. One of the most important things to remember throughout the lengthy, demanding process is to stay hydrated.

Your body is made up of at least seventy percent of water. If you are experiencing even the slightest bit of dehydration, then the percentage of water that constitutes our bodies is significantly decreased- think forty to fifty percent.

Consuming water has numerous health benefits on our bodies. Here are a few general benefits:

  • Enhances the glow of the skin.
  • Aids in muscle maintenance and recovery.
  • Curbs the appetite.
  • Helps to regulate hormone level.
  • Keeps the body from fatiguing.
  • Decreases inflammation throughout the body.
  • Metabolism keeps moving.

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Yes, as you go about your busy day, you may forget to consume the ideal volume of water- half you body weight in ounces. You may be one of those that lives at the coffee shop and water is the last thing from your mind. Here a few tips to increase your water intake:

  • Sip water throughout the day. Yes, you’ve heard this before. Do it.
  • Drink water (I prefer warm lemon water with a bit of ginger) first thing in the morning.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times.
  • Add lemon, mint, strawberries, or whatever.
  • Elete Water is a great jump start or to be used the big day.
  • Bone broth also helps to maintain hydration.

Staying hydrated is important throughout pregnancy and even during labor and delivery. Staying hydrated throughout your pregnancy will increase the blood volume level and will help to prevent preterm contractions. Water also helps to rid the body of toxins hanging out during pregnancy. Constant sips throughout labor and delivery will help to maintain blood pressure. Think back to the marathon. Those runners consume little sips of water throughout the entire race. Stay focused on the end result. Stay hydrated. Cheers!

Workout

Stay moving. No time limit.

400m Run/Jog

Few breaths in down dog

5 Scapula push ups

10 Bodyweight squats

800m Run/Jog

Few breaths in down dog

5 Push ups

10 Bodyweight squats

400m Run/Jog

Few breaths in down dog

5 Push ups

20 Bodyweight squats

*After the recovery workout be sure to stretch. Sit in pigeon a minute on each side. Breathe into your muscles.