The Importance of Hydration

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One thing being pregnant is teaching me is that being hydrated is literally one of the most important aspects of your working body. I’ve been dehydrated before, but it was so bad this week that I literally started walking sideways and falling over. Yeah… nuts! Granted, I’m not your typical person right now. I’m almost 13 weeks pregnant and that means crazy things happening with my body. However, that just makes being hydrated that much MORE important!

Fun Hydration Tip #1: Did you know you lose water everyday? Doing normal activities? Like breathing, sweating and going to the bathroom? Well, the sweating was probably a given, but every activity we do can cause us to lose water.

If you’re training for an event, or just getting back into shape, you need to be hydrated. Period. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it! Insufficient hydration fatigues muscles, reduces your coordination and can cause muscle cramps. Another interesting point? Dehydration during a work out compromises your bodies natural cooling system, which can lead to heat exhaustion, and in severe cases, heat stroke.

Fun Hydration Tip #2: Did you know if you consume 16 oz of water before a meal, three times a day, over a 12 week period, that you can reduce your weight?

In pregnancy, proper hydration is key. Apparently your body needs water for both you and baby… those livers and kidneys need to function. Drinking enough water helps with constipation, and it helps increase your blood volume. When I saw my doctor for the first time four weeks ago, I asked her how much water I should be drinking a day as a pregnant woman. She told me 40-60 oz, and that mom’s urine should be almost clear. I have yet to achieve that.

I found this picture on Pinterest the other day. And I thought it was genius! What a clever way to get your daily water intake! It shows here two separate water bottles, both marked with times to consume your water by. I would probably just use one bottle though, and do the second set of times on the backside. I can’t imagine lugging around two water bottles all day long.

Fun Hydration Tip #3: If you wait to drink until you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight, as is the brain; body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace 2.4 litres of water, some through drinking and the rest taken by the body from the foods eaten.*

So, what do you do if you hate drinking plain water? There are a few options.

1. Eat food with high water content! Orange, grapes, watermelon… you get the idea.

2. Try no, or low calorie alternatives. Gatorade, Crystal Light, adding fruit to your water, ect.

3. Diet, caffeine free, clear sodas. Yes, this may be disputed, but there is water in these kinds of drinks. Its the caffeine that’ll be less hydrating.

4. Carbonated flavored water drinks. I love these! You can usually get them at the grocery store for under a buck a piece.

With the summer heat coming, its extra important to stay hydrated. Especially if you’re in higher elevations. So drink up! Your body will love you for it 🙂

* Information taken from http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html

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11 Weeks!

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I’ve officially reached, and crossed, the 11 week mark in my pregnancy. Its so strange to think that there is something growing and living inside of me. Thanks to books and movies, I sometimes have nightmares that something comes tearing out of my stomach. Unless there’s something Joe hasn’t told me, I think we’re safe though.

New things about baby this week?

The baby is the size of a lime this week! Anyone else find it a little strange that we compare the size of a growing baby to fruit? Last week it was a prune… come on, really? A prune? Who wants to be compared to a prune… ever! I had a conversation with a good friend last week and he too was slightly concerned that we compare babies to fruit. But he took it one too far when he suggested that we were to eat it.

Other interesting things about week 11? My baby has see thru skin! It sounds like something a super hero would have. Or a villain. I can’t decide if it’d be a cool super power or something to send someone into a state of shock while the villain does his bad deed. Baby is also becoming proficient at swimming around. I can’t feel it yet though. But, I bet if I told my husband that the baby was moving around in there, he’d stay glued to my stomach. Then when he felt a gas bubble pass by, he’d get all excited thinking the baby moved. And of course, since I’m me, I’d have to correct him. If I didn’t he’d be telling everyone that the baby is moving, and I’d have a thousand hands on my bloated stomach. Oh joy.

Baby no longer has webbed fingers or toes! Yay! All those in-utero pictures of fetuses with webbed hands and feet freak me out a little bit. It always reminds me of a duck billed platypus. Don’t ask me why, because it obviously looks nothing like one. But its a relief that we’re past the platypus stage and onto real hands and feet!

What about me, mom to be, this week? Well, I can tell you from personal experience that I do have a small pooch. Its not baby, its bloating. My morning sickness seems to be on a downward curve! For the last 4 weeks, I’ve had to take my trifecta of medication every 4 hours. While I’m still taking it, I’m managing 6-8 hours now. Maybe within the next few weeks I won’t need it at all! I was so worried that I’d be one of those unlucky few who was plagued with morning sickness all 9 months. I’m still pretty exhausted all the time. If I don’t get a nap in, then I’m out for the count by 11pm.  Oh, and mood swings are in full force. I feel like a woman possessed most days.

Here are this weeks health tips for us pregos!

Eat to beat your fatigue! Plan to eat most of your calories during the day. Saving your biggest meal until the end of the day isn’t smart for us right now… we need those calories to get us thru the day! Calories = Energy

Snack on things like nuts, cheese, veggies, fruit… those will always be smarter choices that chips and cookie. However, if you have a craving, its ok to give in. Just remember, moderation!

Eat breakfast, and don’t skip lunch! Those are two big challenges for me.

Make sure you’re getting your iron!

Exercise of the Week!

Walking! Its been absolutely beautiful outside this week! Get out and take a stroll around the neighborhood 🙂 Walking is a great low impact exercise to partake in! And unless you’re on bed rest, I promise, you’re doctor will approve.

Investments

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What do you invest in? Do you make financial investments? Or real estate? Do you invest all of your time and energy into your family? Perhaps you invest in the lives of others? Are you the type of person to spread out your investing so you can put stock into a little bit of everything? Or do you dive in head first and fully immerse yourself in a single investment?

In the past, I’ve been the type of person to invest into a little bit of everything. I wanted to be a part of anything happening! I found though that keeping up that pace just ended up wearing me too thin. Leaving me empty, dry and exhausted. And I know I can’t be the only one who has experienced this. So… where are my investments now?

#1: Jesus Christ: I am a firm believer! If I go too long without investing into my relationship with Him (yes… its a very personal relationship, not a religion!), I find myself unable to give to others. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. I love being able to strive to portray and project those things into my life! (Galatians 5:22-23)

#2: Those Close to Me: My family, friends and those I mentor are worth my time and investment! I love them with all I am and all I have. If I don’t properly invest into #1, then I cannot properly invest into #2. Which leads me to #3…

#3: MYSELF: This is an investment I have often overlooked. Mainly because I felt it was selfish and self-centered. Why in the world would I focus on me? Its not in my personality to do that… at all. However, over the last two years, I’ve done a lot of soul searching and transforming and realized that if I want to be able to give all of myself to my loved ones, there needs to be a “me” to do that with!

What did I do to invest in myself?

I began taking a closer look at my nutrition. I hate 90% of the food in the world. If I don’t have proper nutrition, then I may get sick, or become overweight. And if my diet consists of fast food meals and potato chips, what will I be teaching my kids? If it wasn’t for my Shakeology, I’d still have nothing nutritious in my diet!

I started working out again. Not like a couple trips to the gym a few times a month, but intentional daily workouts. My body is a temple. I get frustrated when my apartment gets cluttered and messy. I want it to look presentable in case we have an unexpected visitor. Why should I let my body be cluttered and messy? I come in contact with strangers all the time! I want people to look at me and see that I take care of myself.

I find that if I take care of myself physically, mentally I’m able to be focused, alert, aware and devoted. It may not be the same for everyone, but thats how it is for me.

Do you invest in yourself? Do you take care of your one and only temple? If not, perhaps its time to shift those priorities. You won’t be able to invest in anything else if you are not able bodied.