Pregnant can drink soda?

After discovering the pregnancy, it is normal for pregnant women to undergo changes in diet. For this reason, it is common to hear questions such as: “can you take soda in your pregnancy?”.

As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, soda ends up becoming a question during pregnancy. But not only in this one, since even in breastfeeding this question remains.

However, according to nutritionist Janiele Rodrigues, this carbonated drink does not bring any benefit to the woman and the baby. Whether lemon, orange, guarana or glue-based, soft drinks can harm the pregnant woman’s health.

Heartburn, burning and even problems in the development of the fetus can result from ingesting this fluid during pregnancy. To learn more about the harms of soda in pregnancy or breastfeeding, follow this article to the end!

Pregnant can drink soda? Nutritionist responds

According to Janiele Rodrigues, pregnant women should avoid drinking soft drinks. That’s because, the most varied types of this refreshment “can go beyond the placenta and change the baby’s heart rate and breathing.”

In addition, the nutritionist explains that these drinks can cause stomach discomfort, including reflux. For pregnant women, in the first three months, this situation can be even more uncomfortable, since nausea is naturally frequent.

But the harm does not stop there, considering that these products can cause weight gain and increase the risk of gestational diabetes. All this due to the presence of sugars in their compositions.

Other substances that make up some soft drinks are also inappropriate for pregnant and lactating women, such as gas, caffeine, artificial colors and flavorings.

Are guarana and glue allowed?

For example, in the case of cola or guarana drinks, the biggest concern is the amount of caffeine present in their formulas. This substance is an alkaloid that acts as a central nervous system stimulant.

Upon entering the body of future mothers, this alkaloid can cause adverse reactions to the fetus, such as: “reduced fetal growth, prematurity,
intrauterine growth restriction , low birth weight, miscarriage and malformations.” ( 1 )

For all these reasons, it is recommended that the consumption of these drinks be restricted during pregnancy. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US food and drug regulatory agency, caffeine consumption in pregnancy should not exceed 200 mg/day. ( 1 )

To give you an idea, just in a 355 ml can of Coke is 40 mg of caffeine. ( 2 ) However, this substance can also be found in other foods, beverages and common everyday remedies.

Orange and lemon sodas

It is wrong to believe that orange or lemon sodas are less harmful than other types just because of the lack of caffeine. Despite not having this alkaloid, these drinks are rich in sugars, flavors and colorings, substances that are totally unnecessary during pregnancy.

This same care should also be extended to industrialized juices. Even if they are not carbonated drinks, these liquids also do not bring benefits to pregnant women and, much less, to fetuses. ( 3 , 4 )

Zero, diet and light drinks

Even though some of these drinks substitute sweeteners for sugar, some of them still have caffeine as one of their ingredients. Therefore, they are also not recommended to compose the daily meals of pregnant and lactating women.

In addition, the replacement of sugar by sweetener itself can be harmful for both the woman and the baby. For example, studies show that the saccharin type crosses the placenta in a limited way and reaches all fetal tissues, except the nervous system.

This same substance is also excreted in milk, progressively increasing its concentration after repeated intakes of this sweetener.

Given all this, it is recommended to avoid saccharin and beverages that have it in their compositions, as is the case with some zero, diet and light sodas. ( 5 )

Can those who are breastfeeding take soda?

As mentioned earlier, soft drinks should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In the latter case, carbonated drinks can contribute to the appearance of colic in babies.

As well as the soda, other foods and liquids can help in the formation of these colics, as is the case of cruciferous plants (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), coffee, mate tea, chocolate, citrus fruits and cow’s milk. ( 6 )

Therefore, it is recommended to change eating habits, favoring the health of the nursing mother and, consequently, of the baby. But in case of doubt, it is advised to seek help from the mother’s health professional (gynecologist) or child (pediatrician).

Other care that the pregnant woman must have

In addition to avoiding soft drinks, carbonated drinks and industrialized juices, the pregnant woman must take other precautions to keep her and the fetus’ health up to date.

Below you can find some other indispensable tips for the gestational period:

  • Have a healthy diet: the pregnant woman must eat in a balanced and diversified way, as the baby needs nutrients such as vitamins, proteins, folic acid, whole carbohydrates, iron and calcium. These substances are important both for the formation of the fetus and for the well-being of the woman
  • Maintain regular meals: it is advisable that expectant mothers have at least three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two healthy snacks . It is recommended not to go beyond three hours without eating. Furthermore, it is ideal to drink at least 2 liters of water. With this care, the baby will be well nourished and the woman’s risk of feeling nausea, vomiting, weakness and fainting is reduced
  • Avoid sugars and industrialized ingredients:  healthy eating goes beyond including good foods in meals, such as wholegrain ingredients, fruits, vegetables and legumes. To maintain maternal health, it is recommended to avoid sugary foods, reduce salt intake and moderate processed foods
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and other drugs: according to nutritionist Janiele Rodrigues, these items can cause changes in the health of the fetus, such as “delay in development, microcephaly, eye changes, facial abnormalities and skeletal joint abnormalities”
  • Adhere to healthy habits:  expectant mothers should sunbathe early in the morning or late in the afternoon, including on their breasts. Outside these times, it is recommended to use sunscreen, cap or hat, avoiding skin stains. It is also recommended to practice exercises for pregnant women, such as walking and light activities. Sleep is another point that deserves attention, as it is ideal for pregnant women to be able to sleep at least 8 hours a night, in addition to resting for a few minutes during the day. ( 3 , 4 , 6 )

By following all these guidelines and avoiding the ingestion of soft drinks, the pregnant woman will enjoy a balanced pregnancy and, consequently, will provide a healthy growth for the baby.

The lactating women will guarantee the necessary nutrients during breastfeeding, taking care of the child’s development. However, whenever necessary, an expert opinion should be sought.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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