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Nutrition Focus: Hydration

Our class last night was about Nutrition in Pregnancy.  The Bradley Method® teaches students to follow The Brewer Diet, a high-protein, whole food diet, developed by Dr. Brewer to reduce pre-eclampsia.

As part of the “diet”, Dr. Brewer taught that a mother should be drinking to thirst.  Well, now we know that “drinking to thirst” is not quite accurate.  Thirst is a late signal that the body is dehydrated.  We need to be drinking enough so that we never feel thirsty.  Here is a good rule of thumb – take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, and that is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every single day.

Read more about why drinking water is beneficial HERE.  

So if water is the best thing for your body to drink, what can you drink if you have a craving for something sweet?

We offer the idea of doing fruit infused water.  You can experiment with different combinations of fruits, vegetables and herbs.  Some of the ones we like to mix and match are strawberries, oranges, lemons, cucumbers, mint, basil, lemon balm, and ginger root.  Cut up the ingredients the night before, put them into a pitcher, add water, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.  Wake up in the morning and start pouring out your delicious infused water!

If you are really craving a fruit juice and eating the fruit is not what you want, can you juice the fruit you are craving, or you can blend it into a smoothie so you can add some other goodies into the smoothie: yogurt, flax seeds, soaked chia seed, soaked goji berries...what ever you can blend and drink for nutrients and hydration.

Another option that involves water is to drink fruit-based, caffeine free teas.  You can make your own teas by steeping fresh fruit (we like to use peaches, apples, oranges, or lemons as they are in season), or you can buy loose leaf teas from a tea shop or in bulk at a health food store.




One of our students asked about using Red Raspberry Leaf Tea last night.  It is a tea made using what it sounds like - the leaves from the raspberry plant that grows the little berry that we know and love.

Here is what I found from a few sources:


From the medical perspective, here are some excerpts from WebMd:
Red raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. However, red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries. The therapeutic use of raspberry leaf was first described in 1597 in a book called “The Herbal,” or “A General History of Plants.” Today, red raspberry leaf and fruit are still used as medicine.
The chemicals in red raspberry might have antioxidant effects and help relax blood vessels. They might also cause muscles to contract or relax, depending on the dose and the muscle involved. This is the theory behind red raspberry’s use in easing labor and delivery.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY SAFE to eat red raspberry in food amounts during pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf is POSSIBLY SAFE for use in medicinal amounts during late pregnancy, but only under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. Red raspberry leaf is commonly used by nurse-midwives to ease delivery. Don’t take it on your own. The concern is that red raspberry might act like the hormone estrogen, and this might harm the pregnancy.


From the herbalist’s perspective:
Earth Mama Angel Baby e-book, “A Comprehensive Guide to Herbs and Breastfeeding”:
Red Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus), though not a traditional galactagogue, is a richly nutritive uterine tonic herb, high in minerals that are helpful for good milk production and useful to strengthen postpartum and breastfeeding women.

Here are a couple of other resources: 

Check THIS site for a comprehensive list of benefits from the herbal use of red raspberry leaves.

Click HERE to read about ideas for use in pregnancy.

While red raspberry leaf tea has definitely been known of and used for a long time, please take the time with your care provider to evaluate whether or not drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is right for you.  If you decide it is, find a reliable source for the tea.  You probably want peace of mind in your pregnancy and postpartum that you are getting all the benefits, without introducing toxins into your system from possible pesticides used to grow commercial raspberry crops.

I hope this list gets you thinking about some new ways you can enjoy your water.  Whether you stick with plain water, or finally take the plunge and try out water with cold or hot infusions of flavor, drink up!  Even though we are in the desert and it’s cooler during the winter months, your body still needs ample hydration to stay healthy.

What are some of the ways you add flavor to plain water?


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The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



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