How to hydrate properly: The importance of high quality hydration during pregnancy and breastfeeding

  • Electrolytes Defined:
    • Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electrical charges in your body. They help maintain fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, aid in blood flow, build bone, and influence various hormones.
    • During pregnancy and nursing, your body undergoes significant changes, including increased fluid volume, blood, and hormonal activity. Electrolytes support these heightened demands.
  • Sodium Needs:
    • Adequate sodium intake is essential for both mother and fetus.
    • Restricting sodium below 3 grams per day during pregnancy can negatively impact fetal growth, birth weight, cardiovascular development, and kidney function.
    • Sodium deficiency may lead to high blood pressure in the baby later in life.
  • Salt Restriction and Preeclampsia:
  • Other Essential Electrolytes:

Besides sodium, consider these electrolytes:

  • Magnesium: Supports muscle function, bone health, and energy production.
  • Potassium: Helps maintain fluid balance and supports heart function.
  • Calcium: Vital for bone development and muscle contraction.
  • Phosphorus: Essential for energy metabolism and bone health.
  • Symptoms of Electrolyte Imbalance:

Check out my all natural, no sugar, delicious electrolyte drink recipe. Its safe and effective during pregnancy, nursing, and is perfect during labor. 

Hydra Aid/natural electrolyte drink

4 cups filtered water

½ cup lemon juice (from a whole lemon)

¼ tsp real salt or celtic sea salt

¼ of honey (raw is best) You may want to mix the honey in warm water before mixing it with the rest of the liquid. 


Add ½ tsp Trace mineral drops 

Add a sprig of fresh rosemary, thyme, or lavender flowers for the added botanical benefits. 

Mix it all up and keep it in a pitcher in the fridge. 

Remember, always consult with your healthcare provider to provide more in depth support for your unique circumstances. 😊🌟

For more care regarding peri and postnatal health, find a licensed professional such as a Montse Health to dive deeper into the root cause of your health concerns. 

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By Montserrat Corsino, L.Ac., MSOM
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Montserrat is the owner and lead practitioner of Mana Integrative Health. She specializes in helping exhausted moms with hormonal, digestive, and mental/emotional imbalances.