Keeping your joints moving–and moving easily–is important during a sciatica-pregnancy, so you want to make sure you have enough water in your body. Here a few tips to help you drink that recommended 10 cups of liquid.
How to Drink Water for Sciatica
1. Keep Track: One cup of orange during breakfast, two bottles of water throughout the work day, a soda with dinner–or wait, was that with lunch? It is easy to lose count or miscount the number of beverages you have in a day. Keeping a written log of your water consumption or investing in a premeasured bottle will help you stay on track and manage your process.
2. Carry a Water Bottle: Sometimes we do not pick up a beverage during the day due to simple forgetfulness. If you are having a busy work day or running around doing errands, taking a sip of water may be the last thing on your to-do list. Having a water bottle tag along with you throughout the day will serve as a constant reminder that you need to be constantly replenishing your body’s water supply.
3. Stay Away from Dehydrating Foods and Drink: Salty foods contain a lot of salt, which absorbs water faster, requiring you to replace your water supply quicker. Soda, alcoholic beverages, and caffeine should also not count at one of your beverages of the day, as they dehydrate the body and will not quench its thirst.
4. Be Careful of Exercise: One way water exits your body is through perspiration. Therefore, the more you exercise, the more you sweat out water. Compensate for this extra expenditure of water by increasing your water intake by about 1.5 – 2.5 cups (around 400 to 600 extra milliliters) on days when your physical activity increases. Sports drinks are also something to consider, as you not only lose water but sodium when you exercise.
5. Eat Specific Foods: Some of you daily water consumptions comes from food. Choose foods like watermelon, which have a high water content.
6. Consider Environmental Factors: If you are pregnant during the warmer seasons, you will want to increase your water intake, as hot or humid air increases how much you sweat. However, the heating of buildings during the wintertime can also leave your skin feeling dry and flaky, as moisture is absorbed from the skin in that artificial heat, as well. In addition, high altitudes contribute to water loss, as you tend to breathe faster and urinate more.
7. Illness: If you become ill or have an underlying medical condition when you are pregnant, you will require more water. Vomiting and diarrhea results in a lot of water loss. However, certain diseases, like kidney or liver problems, may impair your ability to excrete urinate and therefore you will need to limit the amount of water you consume. In this case, consult your doctor to find out the proper amount of water you should be getting daily.