There is a side effect to breastfeeding that I had completely forgotten about—I’m thirsty all the time.
Not just a little thirsty either. More like an I could drink a lake right now sort of thirsty.
The worst part about it? I’m terrible at drinking enough fluids throughout the day. It’s not that I don’t know I’m thirsty and should be drinking more water, it’s just that I don’t really think about it during the day. Next thing I know, the day is over and my coffee intake has far outweighed my water intake. And I’m really not drinking that much coffee at this point.
During my pregnancy I wrote about smart phone apps that will help you track—and remember—your water consumption throughout the day. I never picked one to put on my phone. When I was pregnant I remembered to drink plenty of water. I think the fact that it was summer and I was huge helped with that.
Now the weather is cooling off and I’m back to doing a terrible job at getting in those eight glasses a day.
I’m not sure how effective installing one of those apps would be for me either. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to try, but what I really need is a surefire way to get me to drink more water. I need a method that will become part of my daily life and not a task I’ve completely failed to accomplish at the end of each day.
How do you make sure you get enough water each day? Please share in the comments, my itchy legs and always parched self really wants to know.