Can I eat beverages when pregnant?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if I’m pregnant?

Avoid

No! No! No! Please don't drink any alcohol, mommy. Drinking alcohol, especially in the first 3 months of pregnancy, increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and me having a low birthweight. Drinking after the first 3 months of your pregnancy could affect my body after I am born. The risks are greater the more you drink. The effects include learning difficulties and behavioural problems. Drinking heavily throughout pregnancy can cause me to develop a serious condition called foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a lifelong condition characterized by poor growth (in the womb and after birth or both), abnormal facial eatures, heart defects, and damage to the central nervous system.

Risks

Fetal alcohol syndrome

Is it safe to drink aloe vera juice if I’m pregnant?

Avoid

Aloe vera juice stimulates intestinal peristalsis, which can lead to uterine contractions. Drinking aloe vera during pregnancy may lover electrolyte levels (mainly potassium) and it can also cause allergies.

Risks

premature uterine contractions

Is it safe to drink Cofee if I’m pregnant?

Yes, but...

Mommy, you can drink whichever coffee you like, but remember about moderation! You shouldn't consume more than 200 mg of caffeine per day. There is: 100 mg in a cup of instant coffee 140 mg in a cup of filtered coffee 30-65 mg in a cup of tea (green tea can have the same amount of caffeine as a regular tea) 40 mg in a can of coke 80 mg in a 250 ml can of energy drink less than 25 mg in a 50 g piece of plain dark chocolate less than 10 mg in a 50 g piece of plain milk chocolate

Benefits

Cofee is a such an amazing drink! Look at all the benefits of drinking coffee! Coffee is a source of important antioxidants and reduces the risk of depression. It is good for the heart, has a positive effect on the liver, improves blood circulation, and reduces muscle pain. It is also a source of important nutrients. A cup of coffee will provide you with B2, B3 and B5 vitamins and minerals such as manganese, potassium and magnesium.

Risks

pregnancy problems such as premature birth, low birth weight

Can I drink tea if I’m pregnant?

Yes, but...

A cup of tea contains 30-65 mg of caffeine. As a general rule, caffeine should be limited to less than 200 mg per day during pregnancy. Remember that a lot of drinks contain caffeine. 100 mg in a cup of instant coffee 140 mg in a mug of filter coffee 40 mg in a can of cola 80 mg in a 250 ml can of energy drink less than 25 mg in a 50 g bar of plain dark chocolate less than 10 mg in a 50 g bar of plain milk chocolate

Benefits

Mom, do you know what the benefits of drinking tea are? Firstly, tea is great at hydrating your body, contrary to the popular opinion. Secondly, tea lowers bad cholesterol. Thirdly, tea strengthens teeth and gums because it contains fluoride. And lastly, tea helps to remove toxins from the body and therefore promotes its cleansing.

Is decaffeinated coffee to drink during pregnancy?

Yes, but...

There are no official guidelines on decaffeinated coffee and pregnancy. Nonetheless, due to the very low amounts of caffeine in decaf coffee, it's most likely safe to drink in moderation during pregnancy. Do not overdo it though.

Is hot chocolate safe to drink while pregnant?

Yes

Enjoy your delicious hot chocolate during pregnancy, but remember about moderation as it still contains small amounts of caffeine and some sugar.

Is herbal beverages safe to drink during pregnancy?

Yes, but...

Most herbal and fruit teas are thought to be safe in pregnancy, as long as you only drink one or two cups a day, especially during the first trimester. Replacing drinks such as coffee with herbal and fruit teas will also help you to reduce how much caffeine you drink. Better discuss it with your doctor and choose the best herbal drinks for you. Avoid peppermint tea, especially if you have had miscarriages in your medical history.

Is juice like ( strawberry juice, beetroot juice, pomegranate juice, guava juice, carrot juice, orange juice, carrot juice, apple juice ) to drink when pregnant?

Yes

Juices contain a lot of valuable vitamins. Freshly-squeezed juices which you prepare yourself are surely better than store-bought ones because they have no chemical additives or additional sugar. During pregnancy your best choices are strawberry, beetroot, pomegranate, guava, carrot, orange, lemon, and apple juice.

Benefits

Strawberries are packed with antioxidants that help build immunity in the body. It is beneficial for maintaining the natural glow of the skin. Other than this, it also has folates which are helpful in developing the baby’s immune system. Beetroot juice a great juice to drink during pregnancy, as it is full of vitamin A and is the best solution for mommies-to-be, who are experiencing any sort of fatigue or weakness. Pomegranate juice contains high amounts of fibre, vitamin C and vitamin K. This helps prevent constipation, which is common during pregnancy, and also allows your body to absorb more iron. It also keeps you hydrated and aids in the baby’s mental development. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Oranges also release iron and zinc, which is important for strengthening of the immune system.

Can you drink non-alcoholic beer and wine while pregnant?

Avoid

Non-alcoholic wine and beer does contain alcohol, but in smaller doses. As there is no known safe level of alcohol intake in pregnancy, they are not recommended.

Risks

miscarriage and possible birth defects

Can I drink peppermint tea when pregnant?

Avoid

Mint is a strong allergen and can make heartburn worse. Rose and cranberry tea is recommended during pregnancy, but remember not to overuse the herbs during pregnancy.

Is ginger tea safe to drink during pregnancy?

Yes

Ginger is usually used for nausea in pregnant women, especially in the first trimester. Do you feel nauseous, mommy? Let's drink some tea!

Can you use wine for cooking while pregnant?

Avoid

When cooking with alcohol you must be cautious. During the cooking process alcohol mixes with water and steam so it may not evaporate off. Yor meals can still contain a bit of alcohol.

Risks

miscarriage and possible birth defects

Can I drink water when pregnant?

Yes

Mommy, it is very important to drink plenty of water during pregnancy! According to the Institute of Medicine, pregnant women need to drink ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day to stay properly hydrated.

Benefits

Getting plenty of water is essential during pregnancy. It helps carry nutrients through your body to me, helps maintain healthy levels of amniotic fluid, and can even help prevent bladder infections, constipation, and swelling, which are common complaints that may accompany you during pregnancy.