New Mamas Week: Stay Hydrated

12 Jul

When you bring home that new bundle of joy, remember that the baby is not the only one needing special care. New moms–whether this is their first or seventh baby–have healing to do, physically as well as emotionally. This week we’ll focus on caring for new mamas.

This advice is going to sound obvious, but believe me:  in those sleep-deprived days with newborns, brand-new mommies often neglect to take care of their own health.  This is true for even such basic things as hydration.   Being “on call” for a new baby can cause moms to stop thinking of their own needs.  New moms, especially nursing moms, must keep well-hydrated.  One piece of advice that I got as a new mom was to refill a water glass after each time I used the bathroom.  Twenty years ago, reusable water bottles were pretty much unheard-of.  Now they’re all over the place, but I want to recommend the water bottle that’s here on my desk right now:  Contigo’s Addison Autoseal Water Bottle.  The Autospout lid has a press-to-release button that pops up the top of the straw.  You can close it with one hand, and there are no leaks.  It holds up to 24 ounces of water, fits in your car’s cup holder, and is BPA-free.  Its wide opening makes adding ice cubes easy.

Best of all, for the new mom who’s got her hands full, there’s a handy carrying loop–you can hook one finger through it and take it along.  Drink up!

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