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What You Can and Can't Drink During Pregnancy: 10 Pressing Questions

What can you drink when you're pregnant? Today, we're answering popular and somewhat confusing questions about consuming fluids during pregnancy.
A woman drinking coffee during pregnancy

It is especially important to drink enough water when pregnant.

Women living in temperate climates should increase their daily intake of clean water to 12–13 glasses.

Is it OK to drink tap water during pregnancy?

The quality of water in public water supply systems is regulated by specific norms and is controlled by state agencies.

In most cases, it is safe to drink tap water when pregnant. However, if the water is cloudy or has an unusual taste or smell, it is better to switch to bottled water or install a water filtration system.

Is it safe to drink water from plastic bottles?

In today's world, it is difficult to avoid food and beverages that have come in contact with plastic packaging.

Some plastics contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which can adversely affect the baby. Try to choose water in glass bottles or plastic bottles that don't contain this chemical.

Is it safe for pregnant women to drink mineral water?

Mineral water is a suitable alternative to clean water during pregnancy, as it doesn't contain sugar, colorants, and preservatives.

However, it shouldn't replace regular water in your diet. Mineral water is high in sodium salts, which can induce swelling if consumed regularly.

Is it OK to drink coffee when pregnant?

If you can't imagine your life without coffee, you may drink it during pregnancy.

However, the daily caffeine intake should not exceed 0.007 oz (200 mg) which is equivalent to 2 standard cappuccinos. 
Remember that caffeine is also found in tea, cocoa, and hot chocolate, so don't go heavy on these drinks.

Is it safe for pregnant women to drink green tea?

Most studies show that moderate green tea consumption during pregnancy doesn't have a harmful effect on the baby.

However, this drink contains caffeine, so drink moderately.

A woman drinking juice during pregnancy

How much alcohol is safe during pregnancy?

Alcohol and pregnancy are incompatible.

Heavy drinking can cause birth defects while the potential effects of small amounts of alcohol are not well understood. 

Therefore, it is recommended that all alcoholic beverages be avoided during the entire pregnancy.

Is it OK for pregnant women to drink milk that hasn't been heat-treated (pasteurized, sterilized)?

It is not recommended for pregnant women to include milk that hasn't been heat-treated in their diet. It can contain pathogenic bacteria and lead to food poisoning. This can adversely affect the course of pregnancy and the future baby's health.

Is it acceptable to drink freshly squeezed juices and smoothies during pregnancy?

Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies are safe during pregnancy, but it is preferable to make these drinks at home rather than buy them at a restaurant or juice bar. That way, you can wash the fruits thoroughly.

Is it safe for pregnant women to drink carbonated and energy drinks?

Doctors recommend that pregnant women exclude carbonated and energy drinks, if possible, as they contain large amounts of sugar, caffeine, colorants, and preservatives.

Clean drinking water is considered the perfect beverage during pregnancy.

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