7 Foods to Keep You Hydrated During Your Summer Pregnancy

It's hot and you're pregnant! Beat the heat with these seven mostly-water foods that will help cool you off and keep you hydrated.

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Summer means plenty of 80- and 90-degree days filled with abundant sunshine. And while you may love these warm months normally, those pregnancy hormones and extra pregnancy pounds are amplifying the effects of that summer heat. The hot weather can make it hard to stay on top of your daily fluid needs, but it's oh so important to make sure you're getting what you and your growing baby need to prevent dehydration. Fear not—you can beat the summer heat with these foods that taste great and help you keep your cool! (And don't forget to drink water, too; it's a great way to stay hydrated!)

1. Watermelon

Water content: 92%

With "water" in its name, of course this fruit makes the list! Watermelon is a great way to add more fluid to your day. Enjoy watermelon slices or dice and toss with fresh mint, crumbled feta cheese, and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a refreshing snack.

2. Strawberries

Water content: 91%

These little berries provide bountiful nutrition, but also supply a solid amount of water too. At 91 percent water, it's smart to add this naturally hydrating food to salads, yogurt parfaits, smoothies, cereal, and more.

3. Cucumbers

Water content: 95%

Looking for a little crunch with your hydration? Try cucumbers! They supply plenty of water and taste great in your Greek salad, as a dipper for hummus, or as an addition to your taco. Need more inspiration? Make this delicious Cucumber-Spinach Gazpacho.

4. Lettuce

Water content: 95%

Speaking of crunch, did you know that bowl of lettuce you're eating is loaded with water too? Fill up your salad plate once or even twice to get a refreshing boost of water.

5. Cantaloupe

Water content: 90%

Summer means melons are at their ripe, delicious best. And luckily for you, they're also a great source of water. Cut-up melon makes a great snack. Chop it up the night before and keep it in the front of your refrigerator for an easy-access snack.

6. Yogurt

Water content: 85%

How about a little protein to go with your water? Yogurt supplies a healthy dose of non-meat protein, along with bone-building calcium and water. Top it with fresh berries for even more nutritious hydration.

7. Popsicles

Water content: 94%

Yes, popsicles made the list, but be smart here: Choose popsicles made with whole fruit and not much sugar. Better yet, make your own! That way you control what and how much goes in them. We love these Simple Berry-Yogurt Popsicles.

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