New Moms: How to Drink More Water


With the combination of having baby #2 and being 35 years old, I’m finding it harder to lose the baby weight this time around. Everywhere you look there are weight loss scams and pills, but I don’t want to lose the weight in an unhealthy way. There has always been one thing the health nuts have tried to beat into our brains, though, and that is to drink more water.

While I find the recommended 64-ounces of water to be a little impossible (seriously, I’m pretty sure I would float away), I do accept that I need to drink more than 2 glasses (on a good day). Being a mom usually means forgetting your own needs. Over and over again. How many times have you made it to 2pm and realized that you haven’t eaten all day? Or had anything to drink? Especially when our little ones are infants, we’re just trying to get them through the day and fit a little sleep in there for ourselves. Brushing our teeth and showering means it was a successful day. Am I right?

So, I thought about a simple solution to get myself to drink more water and I think it could help for the other new moms as well. If you’re not a new mom, I still think you could use this trick, however you’ll have to find another trigger. I have a possible example at the end of this post.

Here’s my idea:

Every time the baby has his/her bottle, pour an 8-ounce glass of water for yourself. Make your goal to have it finished before the baby’s next bottle. If you’re breastfeeding, a) you need more water to begin with, and b) make it a 6-ounce glass because your baby is probably feeding every 2 hours instead of every 3.

My son usually drinks 6-7 bottles per day. This adds up to between 48 and 56 ounces of water. BF moms, you should get about the same amount if your little one is feeding every 2 hours throughout the day and can go for a 4-hour stretch at night.

No, it’s not the recommended 64-ounces, but it’s pretty darn close. And if it helps me to lose a couple of those pesky pounds that are hanging on for dear life, it’s definitely worth a shot.

For those 9-5ers out there, what about drinking a glass:

-when you wake up (6am?)

-before you leave the house (8:30am)

-before lunch (11:30am)

-in the middle of the afternoon blahs (2:30pm)

-when you get home from work (5:30pm)

-after you get the kids in bed (8:30pm).

There’s your 6 glasses. If you can fit in one or two more, great. If you can’t, at least you did that much.

I can’t guarantee this is going to help me lose the weight, but I’m willing to give it a shot. I have one month before I go back to work. And it’s going to fly by. I’d like to be back in shape before I go back. It’s a lofty goal, I know, but not unattainable. And if I can get in the habit of drinking more water before then, I can figure out a way to continue the habit after.

Good luck to you and let me know if this plan works for you.

Author: Candice

I am a wife, mom of 1 1/2 (it'll officially be 2 in May), part time waitress, avid reader, and an unpaid comedian, chauffeur, cook, maid, therapist, and cuddler. I love my family more than anything and as scared as I am to start over on this whole mom gig, I'm so excited to do it again.

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