Post # 1
One of the hardest things for me to give up has been diet soda. I normally drink a can with my lunch and a glass for dinner. I thought I’d be ok to continue when I got pregnant because it I drink caffeine free. However, now I hear from some sources not to drink it because of the artificial sweetners, while some other sources say the amount of sweetner is so minimal there is no research to show that is has any effect.
My plan is to continue not drinking it until at least the end of my first trimester and then I will allow myself a can if I’m craving it.
So now I’m just curious what all of you diet soda drinkers are doing during your pregnancy- quit completely? 1 or 2 a day? Cut down, but will still have the occasional can?
Post # 3
@celticbride: Not much help here… But I was advised by my MW not to consume any sweetners for the duration of the pregnancy. This is some of the details as to why.
I had a lot of difficulties in staying hydrated in the first trimester, as water made me sick, but I stuck to drinks that did not contain sweeteners. There is no evidence to suggest that the blood-brain barrier is fully formed at 12 weeks, so if you can stear clear of sweeteners in pregnancy, I would.
I also think the attitude to sweeteners is very different country to country. I have lived in placed that had to write a warning on food that contained aspartame stating that it causes cancer in rats. In the states the attitude to sweeteners seems to be completely different, as they are not viewed as toxic.
Of course having been exposed to those type of warning for most of my life, it was fairly normal for me to not have sweeteners in pregnancy.
As with anything in pregnancy it is all “grey”. Very few things are black and white and only you can choose what risks you are comfortable with.
Good luck and congrats 🙂
Post # 4
I’ll be avoiding them… But it’s going to be so hard! I’m also a two-glass-a-day diet drinker.
Post # 5
@celticbride: No experience with that but aren’t diet sodas sooooo addictive? I don’t drink them often, but I have an insane craving for them at least once a week and I don’t even think they taste that good. I’m trying to get off of it though. I went from never drinking any soda to drinking diet soda at least once a week because FI goes through them like crazy.
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Post # 7
Well I have been drinking a sprite zero at night and a couple a day on the weekends. Guess I will have to cut that out. I hope I haven’t done any major damage :/
Post # 8
I specifically asked my doctor about Diet Dr. Pepper and she said that 2 cans MAX day was fine. I’ll continue drinking it. I trust my Dr. enough.
Post # 9
I’ve only ever been an occasional soda drinker and actually drank diet soda here and there early on in my pregnancy. Some time around my second trimester, I decided to cut out artificial sweeteners so now I will just have a regular soda or a San Pellegrino once in a while (maybe twice a week) as a treat.
Post # 10
I asked my OB about Diet Coke and told her I drink it maybe once or twice a week and she said that was absolutely fine. I have cut out all other artificial sweeteners, though.
Post # 11
I’ve been going by the idea that I can have one coffee or soda a day. Pre-pregnancy I would never put real sugar in my coffee or have a regular soda.
But actually I found that the fake sugars gave me headaches in pregnancy – something I never experienced pre-pregnancy. So maybe that was my body telling me to stop drinking them.
So now if I want something fizzy, I go with sparkling water with lemon or lime.
Post # 12
In first trimester, if I needed something soda-y, I went for an IZZE. It is carbonated juice, glass bottle, no bpa. It was the very best I could do.
I also drank sparkling water and sometimes Big Sky sodas- at least they have natural sugar.
Post # 13
Aspartame is a horrible chemical! I didn’t even know fully what it was until I began having a bunch of health problems like RLS, feeling tired and weak all the time and having headaches frequently. A google search opened my eyes and I cut out all diet sodas and anything that contained aspartame and BAM! All those problems went away. So that was enough proof to me that it’s all just crap in a can. I’d say at least cut it out when you are prego. Other countries have a ban on that stuff for a reason, it can cause harm.
Post # 14
I avoided diet soda until well into my second trimester. Then, I started craving Diet Coke something awful. I did some research and felt comfortable drinking it here and there. I don’t use any other artifical sweeteners though. But, from what I read, they said that in moderation it’s not that bad.
Post # 15
For my doctors in america, it’s moderation that’s the key or so I’ve been told. I stick away from caffeinated sodas but my doctor feels there’s nothing wrong with a ginger ale here or there, especially with the morning sickness- carbonation helps me get through it. I certainly don’t go crazy though. A can or two when you need it shouldn’t be harmful. Still- something to ask your doctor if you’re unsure. Every doctor is different.
Post # 16
Everything in moderation. Artificial sweeteners get a bad rap, there is much less evidence of any negative effects of them than the mainstream media leads us to believe. In fact, the studying linking aspartame to cancer have since been found to be invalid due to flaws in how the data was collected/analyzed.
In fact, because mainstream media is so convinved that there IS something bad about these artificial sweeteners, aspartame and sucrolose (splenda) have some of the longest-range of safety data trials of anything approved by the FDA, and there still has not been concrete evidence of serious health risks!