Post # 1
turns out everything i love is trying to keep me from getting pregnant.
so i can’t have my dr pepper because they don’t sell caffeine free dr pepper in minnesota (i asked the distributer). i tried replacing it with ginger ale (my second favorite soda… it’s caffeine free!). apparently too much ginger is a bad thing and in too large of amounts can even induce miscarriages. i don’t know what amount is too much, but i drink a lot of soda.
i need something else to drink.
can anyone tell me…. is there ANYTHING wrong with apple juice???
and…. what other suggestions do you have? what do you like to drink while TTC and going crazy trying to raise your chances as much as possible?
Post # 3
I’m not TTC right now, but I love smoothies. Can you maybe do a fruit smoothie? It is health, gives you lots of vitamins, and will help with cravings.
Not that I know a lot about TTC and stuff, but is ounds like the more you cut out the more stressed you get which can have an effect on TTC. It is going to be impossible to cut out everything that MAY affect your chances.
Good luck! Sending some luck your way!
Post # 4
I haven’t heard of any problems with apple juice. 🙂
I highly doubt the amount of ginger in most brands of ginger ale would be enough to cause a problem, even if you drink several a day. Maybe if you’re drinking the strong stuff like Reed’s, but I’d think Canada Dry and the like would be ok.
All that said, I didn’t make any dietary changes while TTC. I cut way back on caffeine after getting pregnant but I still had coffee, caffeinated soda and whatever else I wanted prior to my positive test. To each their own, of course, but I had no issues getting/staying pregnant while continuing to eat and drink normally.
Post # 5
Water? If you don’t like water you can always add lemon or a little squirt thing like mio (http://www.kraftbrands.com/mio/) or dasnani drops (http://www.dasani.com/#drops). I also like the pp’s suggestion of smoothies.
Post # 6
I’m not TTC yet, but have you tried a soda stream? It’s expensive ($99) but you can make allll the fizzy water you want. And you can buy flavors for it too. I like drinking fizzy water sooo much better than plain water and it’s just as healthy!
Post # 7
@rosworms: I suggest talking with your doctor first. Too many changes right when start TTC isn’t good on your body and actually causes stress, which could lead to not getting pregnant.
That being said, just cut back on the amount of soda you drink. If you have 4 a day normally, go down to 3 for a few weeks, then cut back to 2, then one, then none. Try increasing your water intake as well.
Post # 8
I drank my usual daily coffee, drank alcohol, and didn’t monitor what I ate or drank while TTC. It is stressful enough as it is. And if it takes you a while to get pregnant, you’ll be giving up those foods/drinks for a lot longer than you might be planning.
Post # 9
as someone who spent over a year ttc, i think it’s okay to not be too hard on yourself. my advice would be to save the strictness for when you’re actually pregnant. i’m 20 weeks now and ive found caffeine free coke with grenadine is a good way to get my cherry coke fix, though i try to limit because that’s a lot of sugar! i also have been loving decaf iced lattes from starbucks. also, you might want to try flavored seltzers. they make crazy flavors these days, like mint chocolate chip and boston cream pie!
Post # 10
@rosworms: Ditch the soda! Don’t replace it with juice. Try to drink as much water as you possibly can. The more water (and times you urinate) the cleaner and healthier your system will be (making for a happy baby-growing environment).
If you really need some fizz, try some club soda.
Post # 11
Nothing wrong with juice, just if you drink a lot it’s a lot of sugar.
Is it possible to give up the pop? (Have it as an occasional treat?)
Darling Husband and I gave up Coke/Coke Zero cold turkey just over 3 weeks ago. We went 13 days without one, had one as a treat. Then haven’t had one since, until today when I had 1/2 one. It’s actually been a lot easier than I thought.
Plus now that I’m PG I’m drinking a ton more water 🙂
Post # 12
Many doctors say that you can have caffiene in moderation. I think you can have 300 mg a day.
I went to college with a woman who drank coke all throughout her pregnancy (At least 2-3 a day) because it helped her stomach and made her feel less sick. Her doc said that as long as everything is coming back okay and she’s not having any adverse effects, caffiene is the least of your worries when pregnant.
Post # 13
There is basically no ginger in your typical (Schweppes, Canada Dry) ginger ale. Ginger beer, on the other hand, is very gingery.
If you like bubbles, try flavored sparkling water (seltzer). It comes in a million flavors and there are no chemicals or sugar. I got my Fiance off of Diet Coke with sparking water- it turned out it was really just the bubbles he likes.
Post # 14
thank you for all the different suggestions!
and thanks for the thoughts on the soda (canada dry). i think i may be able to come up with something. 🙂
Post # 15
@rosworms: I was reading recently that most ginger ale isn’t actually even made with real ginger. Canada dry has a little, but lots of other mainstream brands are artificially flavoured.
Post # 16
By The Way, if you are looking for another drink that can actually help you with TTC — Grapefruit juice is a good choice. It increases your EWCM and makes it less acidic “down there” so that sperm can survive longer. (LOL) Seriously though…if you aren’t on any medications, try grapefruit juice (it can interact with some medications and delay absorption into the bloodstream). Works like a charm 🙂