Pregnancy Water Salvation

Pregnant women have to drink so much water that it just gets boring. You're looking for anything—anything!—to jazz water up. My friend puts a dash of Peychaud's bitters in homemade soda water. A good one, although I'm not sure she's run it by her doctor. But if you'd rather play it safe, consider a new beverage called Ayala's Herbal Water.

I was sent three bottles in the mail as a sample, and happily drank them all in a day. The sparkling water has zero calories and no sweetener, and it's been flavored with things like cinnamon, orange peel, lemongrass, mint, vanilla, and lavender. Unlike Metro Water and a lot of other flavored water products I've tried, these don't taste like mouthwash, but rather are restrained and more aromatic. Sort of like tea, but water. They come in plastic single-serving-size bottles, or 25.4-ounce frosted glass bottles that are dinner party–suitable. And of course, you don't have to be pregnant to enjoy them. But it's nice to have them if you are.