Staying hydrated is important throughout your pregnancy but stick with simple choices. Purified water is better than tap or spring water since it will have less of a chance of contamination. Aim for at least eight to ten 8-ounce (250 ml) glasses of water per day. Coconut water (no sugar added) is also a great way to hydrate as it adds in natural electrolytes.
Avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, sodas or juices with added sugars. Little to moderate organic coffee is OK but should be consumed with caution. Limit total daily caffeine intake to no more than 200 mg (2 cups of coffee) but remember when drinking caffeine you must equally drink water to stay hydrated, because caffeine is a natural diuretic.
Some herbal teas are OK throughout pregnancy and others should be strictly avoided as they can cause uterine contractions or other adverse side effects to your baby. These are the herbal teas you should avoid:
- Blue cohosh, licorice, ginseng, goldenseal, and feverfew: These can cause contractions or bleeding
- St. John’s Wort: Used to boost moods and treat depression, this herb may have an impact on a baby’s developing nervous system (although this has not been well-studied, it should be avoided during your pregnancy)
- Dandelion: Sometimes used to ease swelling, this herb is also rich in vitamin A, which has been linked to birth defects in large amounts
- Juniper berry: This can irritate a sensitive stomach
- Alfalfa: This contains vitamin K, which can lead to dangerous blood clots in pregnant women