I’m planning to continue drinking a gallon each day, but I won’t make myself crazy over it…so if it’s 9:00 PM and I still have 24 oz. to go, I probably wouldn’t force it down. Because then I’d be up at 11:00 PM to pee.
But the plan is to keep doing this, because my doctor said pregnant women actually do need a gallon of water each day. And guess what? If you’re breastfeeding, you need even more!
So. After thirty days of doing this, what are my conclusions?
Well…first I’ll discuss what turned out to be the biggest benefit to drinking a gallon of water a day– my proteinuria went away. As I mentioned in a previous update, throughout my pregnancies I have had protein in my urine.
My OB/GYN doctors and midwives could never figure it out. Proteinuria is a symptom of preeclampsia, but I didn’t have the other hallmark symptom of preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure.
Alternatively, they thought maybe I had a problem with my kidneys. I had to go see a kidney doctor to rule that out.
Wouldn’t you know, since starting this water-drinking challenge I have had NO protein in my urine? Just like that, it’s gone. I must have just been dehydrated.
So that’s the biggest health gain that I can attribute to the water.
But it also ties in to what I believe are some limitations of my personal experience with drinking a gallon of water a day.
Yes, I did see improvements in such areas as:
- Decreased under-eye circles
- Softer, more moisturized skin
- Less snacking
- Smoother lips
- Less headaches
Still, I personally don’t see a drastic difference in my face pictures from Day 1 to Day 30. Not as much as the girl from the original article that I read about this experiment.
I mean, maybe that’s because it’s my own face and I see it everyday. But I have a another theory.
Because I’m pregnant, my body naturally requires more water than a non-pregnant person. Therefore, much of my water is going to bodily functions that are supporting the baby, like amniotic fluid, for example.
If I wasn’t pregnant, 100% of the 128 oz. I am drinking would be going to ME. My face, my skin, my kidneys, and all of my bodily functions. So maybe the fact that the baby is utilizing some of the 128 oz. explains the fact that I haven’t seen a drastic difference in my face?
More pictures after Day 30:
Also, I suffer from pregnancy melasma on my face (dark splotches) so that affects how my skin tone looks, as well.
Even my dark under-eye circles should have been reduced more, but this was a terrible sleeping week for me. My daughter had a stomach bug so we were up a lot, plus the last several nights I have had a horrible time sleeping with my sciatic pain.
I think that a non-pregnant person would have lost weight after doing this for 30 days, because I definitely snacked a lot less. Interestingly, I drank less coffee, too. Probably due to the fact that I was focusing so much on getting the required amount of water ingested that I just didn’t have time for my morning coffee…but either way, I didn’t miss it.
Oh and several people have asked if I changed anything else during the experiment, but I did not. My beauty “regimen” stayed exactly the same.
I use Beautycounter Routine Clean Cream Cleanser to wash my face in the morning and at night, Countertime Uplifting Day Cream to moisturize during the day, and Lustro Face Oil No. 1 to moisturize at night.
So there you have it– my thoughts after drinking a gallon of water a day for 30 days. (Actually, I think there were a total of three days where I was 8 oz. short, but I don’t think that really matters in the grand scheme of the experiment.)
If you’re planning to do this, I highly recommend the Waterlogged app on your phone to track your progress, PLUS get a 24 oz. cup with a straw. Here are some more tips for making the process of drinking a gallon of water a day easier.
Thank you for following along on this journey! I hope you are inspired to drink more water each day, even if it’s not 128 oz.