(Closed) Pregnant drinking soda/pop/carbonated drinks?

posted 9 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m choosing to limit caffeine intake.  Every once in a while I’ll have a few gulps sips of FI’s Coke, but that’s about it.  I hate all soda except for Coke/Pepsi and don’t really drink coffee either so it’s not been that big of a sacrifice.  Caffeine has never really had that much effect on me anyway.  I’ve been known to drink three or four espressos and then go to sleep.  I haven’t cut out chocolate though, so by limiting other sources of caffeine I think I’ll be okay.

 

ETA:  I subscribe to the school of thought that says there are two categories of “bad” foods during pregnancy.  There are the ones like caffeine, tuna, etc, that should be limited, and there are the ones like deli meat, hotdogs, undercooked meat, leftovers, etc in which one bad bite can cause really bad things to happen.  These risks can generally be lessened by proper food handling techniques.  I don’t understand why it’s the first category of things that tended to get the most judgement. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

it’s not just the caffeine that’s the concern, but the added (empty) calories from sodas, and the use of artificial sweeteners in diet sodas. that said, my doctor wants me to try to avoid sugary drinks (including juice) simply to avoid the added calories that could cause excess weight gain. sometimes when i get really sick of just water, i add a little juice to it (like 3 Tbs) and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER! sounds weird, but it might help out your liquid consumption so i say you should give it a try 🙂

i think you need to do what works for you. i definitely wouldn’t make this the only thing you drink, but there’s no way a little sugar here and there is going to hurt the baby. enjoy your sodas 🙂

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Just make sure no Phenylalanine (check Diet soda for this) because some people cannot break it down and it builds up to toxic levels in their system.  It may not affect you but you wouldn’t know your baby was unable to break it down until they were in distress.

Also, I personally wouldn’t go overboard on the caffeine because it is a drug and your baby can become addicted to it which isn’t a good idea since once they’re born they won’t have access to it anymore (think withdrawal headaches when you don’t get your coffee/soda fix) unless you continue to drink as much caffeine and breastfeed.  A cup of coffee or tea or soda here and there isn’t going to do much harm though.

But I generally won’t say anything to pregnant women even when I see them smoking.  It’s their body and their child and they can deal with the consequences of their behavior.  It doesn’t mean I won’t judge them in my thoughts and keep them to myself though.

On a side note, my stepsister was told by her doctor to continue smoking during her pregnancy because she was such a heavy smoker that trying to quit while pregnant could be detrimental to the baby.  Anybody else heard of this?  (She had just turned 18 so I have no idea how she built up such a habit before being able to legally purchase cigarettes.)

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

They say sodas are bad because of the caffeine, sugars/artificial sweeteners (diet is worse than regular sodas, sweet ‘n low/Saccharin is absorbed into your baby’s skin!), and the empty calories.  Try flavored water or vitamin water.  I drink de-caff green tea in the morning instead of coffee and water the rest of the day.  I usually have a vitamin water with dinner because it has flavor and I feel like I get extra nutrients for the baby 🙂

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Sea_bass:  don’t feel guilty! the important thing is to get fluids in. i never, ever drank juice before i was pregnant either but i refuse to feel guilty if i drink a little bit to help me get in more water. whatever it takes to get those 64+oz. in!

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@beachbride1216:  I have heard of it in heavy heavy smokers. If the mom went cold turkey the baby would absolutely go through withdrawl symptoms. In those cases they try to gradually reduce the amount smoked with the goal to quit completely.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@beachbride1216:  I’ve heard of the “don’t quit smoking” rule, but only if the mother was a heavy smoker becuase it could shock the baby’s system I guess.  I only knew one person that admitted smoking enough during her pregnancy to be told this by her dr, but her dr did tell her to gradually cut back, just not to quick cold turkey.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@beachbride1216:  Yes, my BFF tried to quit cold turkey with her oldest and her blood pressure dropped so severely that she was told to smoke and cut down gradually.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Quietserenity:  & 

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@Sea_bass:  Yeah, I figured it was more about the fake sugar but I also figured she already talked to her OB about it and they were comfortable with it and it wasn’t my place to say anything about it being a concern so I kept my mouth shut while others didn’t. I told her I have opted for decaf during my pregnancy just so I don’t have to worry about how much caffeine I’m taking in (I know there is still some in decaf) but I could have 2 cups if I wanted. I plan on changing to half caff after LO is born.

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2006

I would do whatever makes you comfortable. I didn’t drink any soda, but I have friends who did. I also had a few who drank coffee.

As long as you don’t drink too much I think it’s okay.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My doctor told me that just about anything in moderation is fine.  Her only recommendations were no saccharin, and only one 12oz. serving of caffeine per day.  Other than that, she told me to just make sure and be reasonable…don’t drink the whole 12 pack of caffeine free diet coke in a day (which, mind you, has been my HUGE pregnancy craving!!!!).

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I LOVE soda, especially Diet Coke. I never heard anyone ever say it was bad to do so while pregnant.

Post # 31
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Helper bee

I drank regular (from diet before I got pregnant) carbonated drinks to help me with my nausea.  However, it really didn’t help nor hurt me either way.  

As a healthcare provider, I will give my two cents…

Soda/pops have lots of empty calories that you do not need and leads to other health  problems. Also, if you don’t drink enough water while you are pregnant, your baby will not be making enough amniotic fluid which can cause problems while your baby is growing. 

 

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