|What to Drink While Pregnant?|
The short answer is lots and lots of good liquids and not a lot of the bad liquids.
You?ll often hear OB/GYNs saying ?you?re not eating for two but you are drinking for two? which is a nice way of saying that it?s important you keep up your fluids and keep hydrated.
Not only does water aide in you and your baby?s liver and kidney function but it flushes out the waste products from your cells. During pregnancy, liquids are also needed for your body?s expansion as your blood volume increases significantly. Insufficient liquid intake can be a factor in constipation, preterm labor, miscarriage, and even slight dehydration can cause or contribute to fatigue. Proper hydration is also important for adequate breast milk production and flow.
What should I be avoiding?
While some doctors saying ?everything in moderation?, the American Pregnancy Association recommends you should ?Eliminate tobacco smoke, drug use and alcohol consumption from your diet. Reduce or eliminate caffeinated beverages (soda, coffee, tea) from your daily intake and maintain a reasonable exercise program throughout your pregnancy. If you use artificial sweeteners and are pregnant it is always best to talk with your care provider on which sweetener you are using and how much you are consuming.?
A Jan 2008 NPR article highlights that it?s not just us pregnant women who should be avoiding the caffeine. A recent medical study conducted with 1,000 Bay Area women, found that consuming more than 200mg of caffeine a day can double the risk of miscarriage.
According to Julie Matthews, a leading pregnancy nutritionist with her own practice in San Francisco, ?Caffeinated and high-sugar beverages are actually dehydrating and should not count in your daily total of fluids and so are best avoided. Pregnant women should aim to drink between 8-12 eight ounce glasses of healthy liquids each day.?
How much caffeine is there?
* Starbucks "tall" coffee 240mg
* 2 Excedrin extra strength tablets 130mg
* Can of Redbull 76mg
* 8oz cup of black tea 47mg
* Can of Diet Coke 47mg
* Hersey?s chocolate bar (1.5oz) 9mg
What?s in a bottle of Glow Mamaź that is so good for me and my baby?
* real juice with no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors
* 4 grams of fiber
* 50% RDA Vitamin C
* 25% RDA Folic Acid and Vitamins B3, B6 and B12
* 15% RDA Calcium
* 4% RDA Iron
* 0% Fat
* 0 mg caffeine
* Only 70 calories
Pregnancy NutritionPregnancy nutritionist Julie Matthews offers insight and tips on how moms can make healthy choices.
Nutrition InformationGlow Mama drink is flush with the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients you need during this special time of life. More Nutritional Information
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