Morning sickness and growing an entire human being can really take it out of you. Up your energy levels during pregnancy by trying one of these yummy concoctions.
With summer around the corner, the importance to stay hydrated while pregnant is emphasised. But no matter how much water you drink, you can still find yourself feeling tired, and lethargic.
Try one of these pregnancy-friendly drinks to feel revitalised:
If made without sugar, using fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth, smoothies are a great way to get your calories in for the morning whilst giving you enough energy to keep going through the day. Try mixing in vegetables with your fruit, and adding low-fat yoghurt for a guilt-free snack that’s packed with loads of nutritional benefits!
While fruit juices may be full of sugar – it’s considered the good kind if made 100% naturally. Pregnant women need more fruit than normal, so gulping down a delicious fruit juice is the perfect way to stay hydrated whilst getting in your recommended daily fruit intake. Not only do they taste great, but they contain a host of vitamins and minerals that will be beneficial to your growing foetus. Try making your own to ensure you’re not consuming harmful preservatives!
Home-made buttermilk is free from additives and contains probiotic bacteria that keep your digestive system working properly. It also adds electrolytes to your intestinal tract that may have been lost thanks to morning sickness. It’s easy to make and hugely refreshing! Just pour milk into a bowl, stir in a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar and you’re good to go!
Thanks to its host of nutritional benefits, coconut milk is the ideal thirst-quencher to have during pregnancy. If you’re feeling tired and fatigued, it’ll give you the perfect lift. It also helps replenish the body’s natural salts.
It’s easy to make and packed with vitamin C which will help build your body’s immune system, as well as give your growing baby the nutrients it needs to fight fit in the womb. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron better – one of the most important components when it comes to a healthy pregnancy. What’s more, lemonade has been proven to curb morning sickness. Try adding a bit of mint and ginger to your glass when feeling nauseous.