I have a friend with a pretty major addiction (or at least very sincere love of) cold, caffeinated, fizzy, soda beverages. Popping the top on a bottle is how she typically begins her day. No coffee -- it's all about the soda.
So when she became pregnant, she wasn't sure what to do. Kick the soda, or keep up the habit?
She tried quitting, but it wasn't pretty -- headaches and extreme grouchiness ensued. We all know that sugary caffeinated beverages aren't the cornerstone of any good, healthy diet, whether you're pregnant or not. But if sodas are a real sacrifice for you, what to do? Do you have to give them up?
"Soda is fine, but limit your intake because of the caffeine." -- Mommy2B04
"When you're talking caffeine, it's sodas, coffee, everything. With my first, I avoided it all. By the third, I drank coffee and Dr. Pepper -- but not too much. You want to watch your sugar to avoid gestational diabetes." -- Jan40
"I tried to cut out soda with my first pregnancy but I got really bad headaches. My doctor told me that it's fine to drink it as long as it's in moderation" -- Manda 62007
Most experts tend to agree that a small amount of caffeine (no more than one or two cups a day) is probably fine if you have no history of miscarriage or preterm labor -- though there is conflicting research and the topic is always under debate.
Talk to your doctor about what he thinks is safe when it comes to consuming caffeine.
Did you give up soda while pregnant, or did you have the occasional sip?
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