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Can Drinking Water Help My Postpartum Depression?

Drink more water to help postpartum depression

One of the easiest impacts you can make on your postpartum mental health today is to drink more water. Why?

According to studies, depression and anxiety are lessened by staying hydrated throughout the day.1

Dehydration can cause depression as it saps your brain’s energy to function, impedes your brain’s serotonin production (which affects your mood), stresses your body systems and can increase your risk for anxiety and panic attacks. 1

How much water should you drink per day?

  • If you are breastfeeding, drink 16 cups of water. 2
  • If you are not breastfeeding, 8-10 cups of water. 3

How can you easily fit in that much water, without feeling overly stressed or that you have yet another thing added to your to do list? Here’s a list of ideas to help you reach for that water bottle more frequently.

  • Add fruit to your water
  • Invest in a water bottle that you like and enjoy using
  • Try a reminder app or set reminders on your phone
  • Keep water wherever you choose to breastfeed and use that time to drink, too
  • Remind yourself of why you are drinking more water – to support your mental health

Staying hydrated throughout the day can help your body and your mental health, so drink up.

Sources:

  1. Solara Mental Health
  2. EatRight.org
  3. KidsHealth.org 

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