Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and the Dietitians of Canada recommend that you exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months and that you continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years or longer along with complementary foods.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Early in pregnancy, your fluid needs increase to support your changing body and developing baby. Drinking enough fluids helps fight fatigue and even helps with constipation.
Choose water or nutritious drinks. Think skim milk, low-fat milk, 100% fruit juices, or low-fat fruit smoothies.
How much water should you drink while pregnant?
Water is one of the most important nutrients in your diet when you are pregnant.
Your fluid needs increase during pregnancy in order for your body to support the baby’s blood circulation, the amniotic fluid, and the higher blood volume that comes with being pregnant.
Water carries nutrients to your body and to your growing baby, and carries waste product away from the both of you. It also helps to keep you cool, prevent constipation, and control swelling. Drink plenty of fluids every day, including water, milk, 100% juice, and soup.
So how much water should you drink when pregnant? Make sure you are getting 10 cups (2.5 L) of water a day. Drink more when the weather is hot or when you are active.
Dietitians of Canada. Guidelines for Drinking Fluids to Stay Hydrated. 2014.
Public Health Agency of Canada. Healthy Pregnancy - Water and Other Fluids. 2008.