Staying hydrated is important during pregnancy, but you may not always feel like drinking water. Fortunately, there are several other healthy and safe drinks you can enjoy during pregnancy, including:
- Fruit juice: Fruit juice can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, but be mindful of the sugar content and limit intake to one glass per day.
- Milk: Milk is an excellent source of calcium, which is important for the development of the baby’s bones and teeth. Opt for low-fat or skim milk to limit your intake of saturated fat.
- Coconut water: Coconut water is a natural electrolyte and can be a good option to help stay hydrated, but it is high in potassium, so it’s important not to drink too much.
- Herbal tea: Herbal teas such as ginger, chamomile, and peppermint can help with nausea, relaxation, and digestion. Be sure to avoid teas that contain herbs that are not safe during pregnancy, such as black cohosh, pennyroyal, and yarrow.
- Vegetable juice: Vegetable juice can be a good source of vitamins and minerals and can help you reach your daily recommended intake of vegetables.
- Smoothies: Smoothies made with fruit, yogurt, and milk or plant-based milk can be a great source of nutrients and can help you stay hydrated.
- Sparkling water: Sparkling water can be a good alternative to plain water and can help with nausea and indigestion.
- Broth: It doesn’t get much more comforting than soup, and sometimes a hot bowl of broth is just what you need when you’re not feeling like yourself. If you want the added benefit of ginger for nausea symptoms, try a ginger tumeric bone broth.
- Smoothies: If you’re on a healthy eating plan already, yummy green smoothies might already kick off your day. It’s fine to keep that up during pregnancy, especially if you want to bump up your consumption of whole fruits and veggies.
- Decaf Coffee: Lay off the caffeine. Decaf coffee may still satisfy your need for a cup of joe, though. For a healthy pregnancy, doctors recommend no more than 200 milligrams of coffee per day, which is about one regular-strength cup of coffee. Decaffeinated coffee is even better, as long as you’re not crossing over that threshold of recommended caffeine per day. Even decaf contains small amounts of caffeine. In large amounts, the caffeine in coffee and other caffeinated beverages can cause a rapid heart in your baby as it passes through the placenta.
It’s important to avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and soda, or to limit intake to no more than 200 milligrams per day. It’s also important to avoid alcoholic beverages during pregnancy. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you have regarding your diet and beverage choices during pregnancy.
Drinks That Pregnant Women Should Avoid:
There are some drinks that pregnant women should avoid during pregnancy to help ensure the health and safety of both the mother and the developing baby. Here are some drinks that pregnant women should avoid:
- Alcohol: There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, so it’s important to avoid it completely to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which can cause a range of physical and mental disabilities.
- Caffeine: While small amounts of caffeine are generally safe during pregnancy, it’s recommended to limit intake to no more than 200 milligrams per day, which is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee.
- Energy drinks: Energy drinks can be high in caffeine and other stimulants, which can be harmful to the developing baby and can increase the risk of miscarriage and premature birth.
- Unpasteurized juices and milk: Unpasteurized juices and milk can be contaminated with harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning and lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery.
- Herbal teas: Some herbal teas can be harmful during pregnancy, such as those containing black cohosh, pennyroyal, and yarrow. It’s important to talk to a healthcare provider before consuming any herbal tea during pregnancy.
- Sugary drinks: Sugary drinks, such as soda, juice, and sports drinks, can contribute to excessive weight gain and increase the risk of gestational diabetes, which can cause complications for both the mother and the developing baby.
By avoiding these drinks during pregnancy, you can help promote the health and safety of both the mother and the developing baby.