When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you have to watch what you put down the hatch. Good news: A slew of beverages made specifically for new and expecting moms makes it easy to for you to form a healthy drinking habit. And they also happen to be delicious. Here are four choices for the next time you thirst for something different.
For Cool Refreshment: Hey Mama! Tea
A hot summer’s day is no time to be sitting around parched. This tall, cool one has your back. Formulated for moms-in-waiting, it’s a caffeine-free herbal tea that’s bottled in small batches. Choose from three new flavors. Lemon Glow is a bright, citrus-y mix containing red raspberry leaves (said to nurture the uterus), nettle leaves and antioxidant-rich red rooibos tea. Minty Morning is peppermint flavored with a hint of spice and has ginger root powder (which may help digestion), peppermint leaves and rooibos tea. Pom Berry Baby has fennel and fenugreek seed that supposedly aid in breast milk production. Refrigerate, pop ’em open and you’re good to go. $11.97/3-pack. Available online at teasformomstobe.com.
For Hydration: Bump Water
Chug, chug, chug. Drinking lots of water is essential for any healthy diet — especially if you’re expecting. The new Bump Water is a folic acid- and vitamin-enhanced drink for women. Along with being packed with goodies like Vitamin A, D, B6, and B12, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc and Magnesium, it’s low on calories; full-calorie versions (weighing in at 100 calories) are sweetened lightly with organic cane sugar, and there are 10-calorie options thanks to stevia. Bump Water has launched with two flavors: cranberry-ginger and lemonade. Soon, pomegranate mixed berry and strawberry lemonade will be up for smooth, refreshing grabs. $28.99/12-pack. Available online at bumpwater.com.
For a Toast: 9Months Sparkling Beverage
Just because you’re off the sauce doesn’t mean you can’t raise a glass with the rest of the party. This new drink, which is bottled just like champers, is a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage marketed to expectant mothers. Both the sparkling red and white varieties have that effervescence we all love, and a bright, crisp taste. There are no artificial flavors or colors, and no added sugar. Its origins are also notable; the drink comes from a vineyard in southern Australia. Plus, a portion of sales goes to March of Dimes. Cheers to that. $19.50 per bottle. Available online at 9monthslove.com.
For Relaxing: Mama Tea
This British import will have you glowing, relaxing and staying cool in no time. Herbal tea sachets are sold in themed packs, and each has a different end goal. Morning Mama is a ginger and lemon blend that could ease your sore tummy. Glowing Mama contains elderflower and rooibos, said to flush out toxins and make you look brighter. Cool Mama packs spearmint for a brisk pick-me-up. Ready Mama is a palatable mix of raspberry leaves and rose petal that are fragrant and full-bodied (and taste great iced!). And New Mama has fennel and hibiscus for overall balance. They’re all caffeine free and well worth trying. Around $6/pack, plus shipping cost from overseas. Available online at mamatea.com.
What is your favorite pregnancy or new-mom drink? Let us know in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon