What to Expect When You’re Expecting Number Two

Many moms feel like they’re just starting to get into the swing of parenting when happy news throws a monkey wrench in things: the impending arrival of a second child. You’re not alone if your feelings of joy are offset by fear of the great unknown. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect when adding another baby to your brood.

Second child

All Pregnancies Are Different

The most important thing to keep in mind when you pee on a stick and see that familiar plus sign? That positive pregnancy test may be the first and last thing this pregnancy has in common with your last one.

The truth is that all pregnancies are different. While many women who had morning sickness with their first pregnancies repeat the phenomenon the second time around, others unexpectedly sail through symptom-free. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing until you’re already in the thick of it.

Other changes that might occur while you’re awaiting a new baby? You may show earlier and feel movement sooner. The former occurs because your muscles are stretched from your previous pregnancy while the latter is due to the likelihood that you’ll recognize these familiar feelings more quickly this time.

While it’s not always the case, you may also have something else to look forward to, a quicker and easier labor, if you first baby was a vaginal birthday. If you had a C-section, you may require another one. Your doctor will talk with you about your labor and delivery options.

If you are currently breastfeeding, you should be able to continue doing so. Additionally, most experts agree that mamas-to-be can continue to pick up their other children, AKA “heavy objects,” during pregnancy, but your shifting center of gravity may make it harder, so take care. In any case, be sure to get clearance from your doctor first — particularly if you are a high-risk pregnancy.

One Thing You Can Count On

One thing that is sure to be very different this go-round? Coping with the challenges of pregnancy while already caring for another human being. And while it can be easy to overlook your own needs in order to make sure your toddler or older child is thriving, it’s important to continue to maintain a commitment to your health and wellness.

Think you don’t have time to prepare a nutritious meal or get in your maternity workout? Think again. It is exactly these priorities which will help you remain up to the task of caring for your first child while also ensuring that both you and your unborn child are having your own needs met.

Mamas-to-be who get pregnant quickly after the birth of an earlier child — within a year — should take particular care to eat well as nutrients may still be depleted following the recent pregnancy.

Matters of the Heart

Your first child will always have a special place in your heart, and that will never change. Many second-time moms have concerns that they’ll never be able to love another child the same way. Others mourn the loss of the family unit they’ve created since the birth of their first child. These feelings are normal, and nothing to feel guilty about.

The truth is that while you may not love all of your children the same way, you will love them all differently — but in ample, equal measure. And while mastering how to divide your attention between multiple children may be a work in progress, keep in mind that learning to wait is a life skill.

Feelings of anxiety are a natural part of awaiting the birth of your second child. Accepting that adding a new baby to your family will be life-changing can help you embrace the experience, in spite of — or maybe even because of! — its beautiful uncertainty. Visit the For Two Fitness blog for more useful content on all things maternity, baby and motherhood.

Top Five Most Memorable TV Pregnancies

Beloved television characters often feel like members of the family, which is why when one gets pregnant, it’s sort of like welcoming a new baby (or two, or three) to your own brood. For many mamas-to-be, television pregnancies also offer opportunities for camaraderie, commiseration, and a window into what’s to come. Let’s count down five of our favorite television pregnancies from the past two decades.

1. Phoebe Buffay– Friends

Choosing between the many Friends pregnancies over the years was no easy task, but ultimately this one has to go to Phoebe for carrying her brother Frank’s triplets, Leslie Buffay, Frank Buffay, Jr., Jr., and Chandler Buffay. Not only are there many moments of hilarity (who could forget her Fonzie-obsessed physician?) but there are plenty of poignant moments, too, as Phoebe selflessly bestows upon her brother and his teacher-turned-wife the ultimate gift of three precious new babies.

2. Pam Beesly — The Office

It seemed like the world’s longest will-they-or-won’t-they wait for Office-mates Pam and Jim Halpert to get together, but once they did, it was sheer perfection, including the silent, thrilling revelation of her pregnancy.

One little known fact? Allowed to name Pam and Jim’s first child, actress Jenna Fischer chose “Cecelia Marie Halpert” after her own niece. Pam and Jim later have their second child, Philip Halpert, for which the fictional pregnancy mimicked real life: Fischer was pregnant at the time with her first child, Weston.

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Fictional couple Pam and Jim.

3. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett — Modern Family

Gloria’s pregnancy was characterized by many hysterical moments, ranging from the revelation that son Manny “self-potty trained” to the Pritchett’s inappropriate swaddling “victory” in their childbirth class. Factor in Gloria’s case of “pregnancy brain” and Phil Dunphy’s lustful attention, and hijinks abound. Expect a few tears in with the laughter, such as when unsuspecting Daddy-to-be Jay declares Gloria’s pregnancy to be “the greatest news [he’s] ever heard.”

4. Amber Holt — Parenthood

Amber might have struggled throughout the series, but her pregnancy represents a turning point for the beloved character. After giving birth to baby Zeek — named for her grandfather and family patriarch Zeek Braverman — she moves in with her grandparents. And while a flash-forward in the series finale reveals Zeek, Sr.’s heartbreaking death, it also reveals that Amber, her babies, and her fellow Braverman kin have formed a beautiful blended family.

5. Lily Eriksen — How I Met Your Mother

While the show might have been themed around the meeting of Ted’s mother, Lily and Marshall were HIMYM’s true love story. The college sweethearts struggled to get pregnant and faced infertility fears before finally conceiving son Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen in the sixth season finale. While the show was a comedy, the baby’s birth following the loss of Marshall’s father resonated with audience members for its sweet reminder of the “circle of life.”

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Alyson Hannigan with her real life baby-daddy, Angel’s Alexis Denisof.

The list, of course, goes on and on, including everyone from Brennan and Booth on Bones to Meredith and Derek on Grey’s Anatomy. And while many pregnancy-related moments may be played up for their dramatic or comedic impact, they all are also accompanied by a very real and recognizable sense of anticipation, amazement and awe at the miracle of life. For more content on all things maternity, baby and motherhood, or to check out our cute, comfortable line of maternity activewear, be sure to visit For Two Fitness.

A CrossFit Maternity Workout? What You Need to Know

CrossFit consistently earns top honors on lists of today’s hottest fitness trends. But is it safe for pregnancy? Let’s take a closer look at this workout trend, along with whether it’s a safe form of exercise for fit-minded mamas-to-be.

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What Is CrossFit?

In simplest terms, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program. Developed by Greg Glassman, CrossFit has long been used by everyone from the military to elite professional athletes to optimize fitness through high-intensity, varied functional movements. It has since been co-opted by people from all walks of life who believe in fitness and aspire to improve their own physical capabilities.

Designed for “universal scalability,” the program relies on the core belief that fitness is “by design, broad, general, and inclusive.” Wondering whether it’s for you? The CrossFit website reveals, “We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.”

CrossFit and Pregnancy

By now we’re all aware that exercise — at least 30 minutes a day — is recommended for a healthy pregnancy. Women who work out while pregnant experience a multitude of physical and mental benefits, as do their unborn children. But does the prescription for exercise include all forms of exercise, including the booty-kicking CrossFit?

By most accounts, yes. If you’re already a CrossFit enthusiast, you’re in luck. According to the Mayo Clinic, in most cases it is safe to continue working out at the same level as you were prior to pregnancy. If you’re just starting out or haven’t worked out in a while, CrossFit may also be okay — just be sure to start slowly and build from there. Whatever your current level of fitness, however, make sure to get your physician’s approval before commencing a new workout routine during pregnancy. Particularly if you’re a mom-to-be of multiples or have a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor may have concerns.

Maternity workout

Many fitness experts agree that CrossFit is an ideal workout for pregnant women precisely because of its scalability, which can be adjusted to suit the abilities of everyone from beginners to advanced levels while helping build balance, endurance, and strength. Workouts can be modified to suit your needs — particularly as you progress through the trimesters of your pregnancy, and an abundance of resources exist for pregnant women, including everything from coaches and robust CrossFit communities to websites and blogs.

As with all other forms of pregnancy exercise, one central tenet should guide your routine: listening to your own body. Since every pregnant woman has a different experience, paying attention to what feels comfortable during your maternity workout is an important part of getting the most out of your workout without risking your health or safety.

Also keep in mind that the same rules apply with CrossFit as with other workouts: Take a break if you get winded; drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout; and wear breathable maternity workout clothing and sturdy, well-fitting shoes to ensure maximum comfort.

Have you tried CrossFit and loved it? Do you plan on continuing it throughout your pregnancy? If so, share your thoughts in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to sign up for the For Two Fitness newsletter for more great content on all things maternity, baby, and motherhood.

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Five Reasons to Buddy Up During Your Maternity Workout

You’re already working out for two, but what about working out a deux? An abundance of research shows plenty of reasons why working out with a partner is a terrific way for mamas-to-be get in their daily exercise. Here are five of our favorite reasons why working out with a friend is a smart idea.

1. The Time Flies By

If you find that your solo workout sessions sometimes drag on, you may be surprised by how quickly the time goes by when you’ve got the company of a friend. Instead of watching the clock, you can spend your time trading stories and catching up with each other.

Not to mention that many medical experts advise that if you’re unable to carry on a normal conversation while working out, you’re overexerting yourself. Bringing a buddy along for light conversation on your next jog offers a built-in breath check.

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2. You’ll Be Held Accountable

Be honest: how often do you intend to go for that morning walk or trip to the gym only to wind up hitting the snooze button instead? This can lead to missed workouts and feelings of guilt and frustration later in the day when you’re wide awake and regretting your sleep-addled decision. However, would you still hit “snooze” if you knew you’d be standing a friend up? Probably not. While it’s easy to let yourself off the hook when it’s you and you alone, it’s much harder to skip out when it means letting down a friend.

3. You’ll Be More Motivated

Whether pushing yourself to reach a particular goal or trying something new — with the approval of your doctor, of course — working out with a friend offers added incentive and inspiration.

It’s easy to get stuck in a fitness rut, but you and your workout buddy will fall into a pattern of pushing each other and being pushed, when necessary. You’ll both benefit from better workouts in the process.

Thinking about trying a different fitness class or running trail? A buddy can help you feel more comfortable experimenting with new kinds of workouts and workout settings. (As always, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new workout regimen.)

4. It’s Fun

Whether you’re working out alone or with another person, your feel-good endorphins will start pumping. However, there’s an added element of fun and entertainment when you merge your maternity workout with someone else.

And while a workout partner can be anyone from a coworker to a neighbor, there’s a particular thrill to finding a partner who’s also expecting. Whether you chat about your favorite maternity workout tops or use the time to run potential baby names by each other, you’ll look forward to having a go-to sounding board for all things baby and pregnancy.

5. You’ll Get More Out of Your Workout

If you’re going to workout, you might as well get the most out of it. The best way to accomplish that goal? Work out with a friend. Research published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine shows that having a partner present can lead to increased “intensity and duration of physical activity.” And just think: when you do reach your fitness goals, you’ll have someone ready to celebrate along with you!

Maternity workout

Keeping up your fitness levels during pregnancy is an important part of promoting ongoing health and wellness for both mother and child. Working out with a partner can help you overcome common obstacles and enjoy the many benefits of embracing fitness during your nine months of pregnancy. Sign up for the For Two Fitness newsletter today for more useful information on all things maternity, baby and motherhood.

Five Tips for Enjoying Halloween Fun With Your Baby

Halloween brings to mind thoughts of pint-sized princesses and pirates, squeals of delight, and late-night candy swaps. But what if your little one isn’t yet old enough for trick-or-treating fun? Let’s countdown five of our favorite ways to enjoy the holiday with your baby.

Holiday with your baby

1. Have a Holiday Photo Shoot

Whether you pick an adorable family theme or suit your infant up in a costume of his own, Halloween is the perfect occasion for an unforgettable photo shoot while the weather is still warm enough to take the session outside against a festive backdrop of a pumpkins, foliage, hay bales and cornstalks. Just be sure to factor in both the dwindling daylight and your baby’s best times of day — right after nap time works well for most — to set yourself up for success.

Halloween with your baby

2. Spread Halloween Joy

While your baby might not yet understand ringing doorbells and asking for candy, it’s never too early to expose her to the importance of volunteering. Check in with local senior centers, retirement communities, and assisted living homes to see if they host Halloween events for community members, or if you and your baby can drop by during visiting hours. After all, nothing spreads more cheer than a baby in costume! Forget the trick part — a simple surprise trip to the grandparents’ house is a treat for the young and old alike.

3. Seek Out Baby-Themed Halloween Events

From the city zoo to your local library, many places host special Halloween-themed parties just for little ones. Held during baby-friendly hours, these events feature non-frightening stories, songs, and other activities aimed at offering babies a gentler exposure to the holiday season. Not sure where to find out about what’s going on? Just look in the “Calendar” section of your local newspaper.

4. Stay In

While taking to the streets may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween, there is plenty of fuss-free fun to be had by staying home. Put that porch light on, stock up on Milky Ways and Skittles, then get ready to admire the neighborhood kids showing off their favorite Power Rangers and kitty cat costumes. Be prepared to get plenty of oohs and aahs in your direction when you enlist your baby to “help” pass out the candy.

Holiday with your baby

5. Host a Party

While coordinating trick or treating with all of your favorite little ghosts and goblins can be an ordeal, why not gather them all in one place for a boo-tiful bash of your own? Have a few simple “Mommy and Me” crafts available for memorable mementos of baby’s first Halloween. And make sure to clear plenty of space on your camera to capture the event.

Soon enough, your baby will grow into a teen who’s trick-or-treating with her friends and begging for a later curfew. These five ideas can help you savor the precious moments while the holiday still belongs to you and your baby. Looking for more great content on all things maternity, baby and motherhood? Bookmark the For Two Fitness blog or sign up for our newsletter for the inside scoop on everything from the comfiest maternity activewear to tips for moms and moms-to-be.

Three Reasons to Go Apple Picking During Your Pregnancy

Fall’s arrival brings everything from changing leaves to trips to the pumpkin patch. One perfect activity for mamas-to-be during this festive time of year? Apple picking. Let’s count down three of our favorite reasons to head to your local orchard this season.

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1. The Great Benefits of the Great Outdoors

With winter closing in fast and daylight on the decline, your time in the sun — at least for the next few months — will soon be limited. October is still prime vitamin D production time when you’re in the sun, so fortify your supply through the long winter ahead.

But the fresh air’s benefits aren’t limited exclusively to you. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health reveals that the children of women who were exposed to greater levels of air pollution while pregnant are more likely to suffer from attention problems, anxiety, and even depression later in life. So if you need one more reason to inhale the fresh clean autumn air, we can think of no better incentive than your baby’s health.

2. Apple Picking is Good For the Body and Soul

You don’t need to be at the gym or on the hiking trail to get in your daily maternity workout. Merely walking among the apple trees is linked with an abundance of health benefits, including everything from boosting your immune system and lowering blood pressure to reducing stress and improving your mood.

Research has also determined that patients with “green” views — compared to those with no views — had faster recovery times and fewer complications during hospital stays.

The takeaway? Interacting with nature is undeniably good for you.

Keep in mind that all that bending and reaching can be surprisingly strenuous, so listen to your body and stop if you get tired. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water, wear sturdy footwear, and don comfortable, breathable maternity clothing.

3. They’re Delicious and Nutritious

We’ve all heard the oft-quoted expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” What are you going to do with all those apples once you’ve picked them? Eat them, of course! Whether fresh off the branch, enjoyed sliced into your morning oatmeal, or baked into a luscious pie, antioxidant-packed apples offer delicious, nutritious health benefits ranging from fighting anemia to detoxifying your body.

Feeling guilty about indulging in a freshly-baked apple treat? Research indicating that cooking and baking alike are effective therapies for warding off a multitude of mental health problems may make you rethink that perspective: If you’re looking to relieve some pre-baby stress, baking with the apples you pick just might be the ultimate guilt-free pleasure.

Apple picking

Not only that, but eating apples during pregnancy also has benefits for your baby, including protecting against asthma later in life and promoting proper bone development.
One last reason to go apple picking? It’s fun! So what are you waiting for? Grab your partner or a few friends and plan an afternoon of fall fun at a nearby apple orchard. Then, enjoy the fruits of your labor long after the season has passed. For more great content on all things maternity, baby and motherhood, be sure to bookmark the For Two Fitness blog.

Shining the Light on Infertility: Celebrity Stories

US Weekly’s, ‘”Stars — They’re Just Like Us!” column demonstrates that celebrities are no different from everyone else. From pumping gas to putting on sunscreen, the rich and famous still participate in many of the same activities as “normal” people. Unfortunately, they are also subject to many of the same disappointments, including infertility. However, more and more celebrities are opening up about their struggles in order to shine a light on this often heartbreaking situation. Let’s take a closer look at the subject, along with several famous couples who have faced — and overcome — infertility.


About Infertility

As many as 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile, according to the Mayo Clinic. Wondering what qualifies? If you’ve had frequent, unprotected sex for a year without getting pregnant, you may officially be dealing with infertility.

Infertility can be caused a by number of different factors which can interfere with the ability to get pregnant or to continue a pregnancy once it’s occurred. Male and female infertility is equally common, as are cases in which both the male and female are involved in its cause or no cause has been identified.

There is a great deal of overlap when it comes to risk factors for both male and female infertility. These include advancing age, smoking, drinking, being overweight or underweight, and lack of exercise. (One more reason to commit to maternity workouts before, during and after pregnancy!)

Infertility is a very real problem for many couples, but many treatments offer hope. These include everything from ovulation stimulating fertility drugs to assisted reproductive technology (ART).

And while coping with this common yet highly emotional problem can be stressful, seeking support can help. This is one reason why many famous couples are opening up and sharing their stories.

Celebrity Stories

While Kim Kardashian West may be splashed all over the tabloids for more trivial fodder, she opened up to C Magazine about a very serious subject: her struggles to become pregnant with baby North West. After trying for over a year, including daily 5 a.m. visits to the doctor’s office for ovulation tests, acupuncture, and dietary changes, she became pregnant with daughter, North.

Kardashian’s pregnancy, too, was fraught with complications, including placenta accreta, a condition which involves the placenta attaching too deeply to the uterine wall potentially causing tearing and heavy hemorrhaging during birth.

Earlier this year Kardashian told ET, “I didn’t know that I was going to be so open with [my fertility challenges]. But meeting people at my fertility doctor’s office who are going through the same things I’m going through, I thought, ‘Why not share my story?'”


Now pregnant with her second child conceived via IVF, Kardashian is joined by a host of other celebs in doing so, including Jimmy Fallon, who told Today, “We’ve tried a bunch of things. Anyone who’s tried will know, it’s just awful.” After five years of unsuccessful attempts, daughter Winnie was born via surrogate, and Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen later added daughter Frances to the mix.

Other celebrity couples who have faced infertility include Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, who endured multiple miscarriages before adopting their two children. Jackman told Australia’s Herald Sun, “It was painful. It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional.”

Celine Dion, meanwhile, underwent five IVF procedures before becoming pregnant on her sixth try. Her husband René Angélil said, “We are living the reality of the majority of couples who have to use [IVF]. The process can be long and arduous.”

And the list goes on, including others like Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon.

While infertility can indeed be heartbreaking, these words from Fallon offer hope and inspiration. The talk show host says, “I know people have tried much longer (than we have), but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope … just hang in there. Try every avenue; try anything you can do, ’cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family, and it’s so worth it. It is the most ‘worth it’ thing.”

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The Benefits of Breathing Exercises During Pregnancy

How often do you stop and check in with your body and the world around you? If you’re like most busy mamas-to-be, you may be too preoccupied by day-to-day demands to take a moment to yourself. However, the art of deep breathing offers many beautiful benefits — during pregnancy, labor, and throughout life. Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of abdominal breathing, along with how to get started.

The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing

Learning proper breathing methods can directly impact how you feel. Kaiser Permanente recommends deep breathing as one of the best ways to manage stress, calm down, and relax.

In addition to helping you learn to cope with anxiety, breathing exercises enhance body awareness while strengthening your abdominal muscles and core. It can also help you learn to deal with contractions and pain during delivery, as well as staying “present” during labor.

But deep breathing doesn’t just benefit you: it also ensures that your baby has access to an ample oxygen supply.


Breathing exercises


Tips and Techniques for Abdominal Breathing

Luckily, belly breathing isn’t hard to do. In fact, if you’ve ever done yoga, Pilates, or tai chi, you’re likely already familiar with the basics. Follow these simple steps to begin your practice:

  • Find a comfortable, well-ventilated seat with ample back support.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Relax your shoulders, face, and jaw to release any tension.
  • Take a moment to notice your natural breathing pattern.
  • Through your nose, take a deep, slow breath inward. As your lungs fill, imagine air filling your abdomen. Your belly should push forward as you inhale. (Place a hand on your belly to check.) This demonstrates that your diaphragm is engaged as it should be.
  • Through your mouth, slowly expel the air. The act of exhalation should take at least twice as long as the inhalation.

Repeat the cycle three to 10 times, according to Kaiser-Permanente.Once you have mastered the basics of belly breathing, there are advanced techniques to try, such as roll breathing and morning breathing. Each of these offers different benefits, from developing full use of your lungs to relieving muscle stiffness and back tension.Belly breathing is a perfect solo activity, but also offers partners a valuable way to connect and decompress. If you’re planning to apply deep breathing exercises to labor, Lamaze classes offer a supportive environment for learning and practicing these techniques. Additionally, many online videos and courses also offer instruction.


Breathing exercises


While abdominal breathing can be done anywhere at any time, wearing the right, fuss-free maternity activewear can help you fully engage. Maternity yoga pants featuring supportive belly panels and breathable, moisture-wicking fabric are the perfect around-the-clock wardrobe solution.

While pregnancy is already a special time, breathing exercises can help heighten your ability to enjoy the experience. Do you do abdominal breathing, or enjoy another form of stress relief during pregnancy or as a busy mom? If so, please share your experiences in the comments section. For more great content related to all things pregnancy, baby, and parenthood, be sure to bookmark the For Two Fitness blog.

H2O: Are You Getting Enough and Why It Matters?

While drinking enough water is always important, getting the right amount of H2O is extra-important when you’re pregnant. Let’s take a closer look at why you need to drink up during the next nine months, how much is the right amount, and a few tips for making sure you’re getting enough of this life-sustaining liquid.


Why Water?

You’re committed to eating the right foods, and you take your vitamins every day. But how do these nutrients make their way to your fetus? Water is a significant part of the equation. In fact, water plays an essential part not only of helping your body absorb vitamins, minerals, and hormones, but also in transporting them to the blood cells which ultimately deliver them to your baby.

But water is responsible for even more health and wellness goodness. Water purifies your body by helping to dissolve waste products and moving them through your digestive and urinary tracts. In addition to warding off constipation and even hemorrhoids, a common pregnancy affliction, drinking enough water also keeps kidney and bladder infections at bay.

If you’re suffering from pregnancy symptoms like headaches, exhaustion, overheating, and swelling, water can be your new best friend. As many of these symptoms are brought on by dehydration, a free flow of fluids can play a valuable role in your overall health.

As your pregnancy progresses, drinking enough water plays a critical role in heading off contractions which may lead to preterm labor.

How Much is Enough?

The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink between 12 to 13 eight-ounce glasses of water every day. (This is slightly more than the 11 glasses a day recommended for non-pregnant women.) If you are active, you’ll need even more — at least an additional glass of water for each activity. In order to minimize your risk of waterborne diseases, stick with water that is filtered or boiled.

Keep in mind that while water is the best way to hydrate, other liquids can also help you reach your daily goals. Milk, sparkling water, and low-sugar and low-sodium fruit and vegetable juices are effective, as long as you keep an eye on your calorie intake. Limit your intake of soda, not only because it’s empty calories, but also because carbonation can trigger heartburn. Avoid beverages which contain caffeine, too, because it’s a diuretic. Some foods too — everything from watermelon to chicken soup — can also help you amp up your daily water intake.

One of the simplest ways to know if you’re getting enough H2O? Frequent trips to the bathroom, along with pale or colorless urine, indicate healthy hydration levels.

Tips and Tricks for Getting Enough H2O

  • Spread out your water consumption throughout the day. This can help prevent you from feeling uncomfortable. It can also help you stay ahead of your hydration needs — particularly because once you start experiencing feelings of thirst, you’re already at risk of dehydration.
  • When you exercise, make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after your maternity workout. Be particularly careful during warm weather when you may be losing more water through perspiration than you realize.
  • if you need help keeping track of your water intake, filling a water bottle at the beginning of each day can help you measure your progress.
  • If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding your favorite flavors to your next glassful. For example, a wedge of lemon, lime, or even a sprig of mint adds a tasty twist.


And the benefits of drinking water don’t end when your baby arrives. In fact, water is a major component in breast milk so drink up to promote healthy lactation and get off to a great breastfeeding start. For more useful information on all things maternity, baby, and motherhood, be sure to bookmark the For Two Fitness blog.