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SOME DRINKS DURING PREGNANCY- ARE THEY SAFE?

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What you drink is very important when you are pregnant. During this stage you have to be careful because you want to avoid everything that has to do with you harming your baby. When pregnant, women should avoid beverage containing stimulant.

If you use beverages containing a lot of stimulants, they will affect foetus’s development. According to many researches, these drinks also increase risk of miscarriage and premature birth.


Pregnant women should get rid of the following drinks in daily diet:

  • FIZZY DRINKS:

Fizzy drinks have the component of phosphate. When it moves to bowel, it will combine with iron in foods and create unexpected substance for human’s body. If pregnant women use a lot of soft and fizzy drinks, they can reduce the absorption of useful nutrients and lose some irons that can make them lack blood.

Also, pregnant women should avoid 'diet' soft drinks that have been artificially sweetened, experts have said, after a study linked them with premature birth. Research carried out on almost 60,000 pregnant women in Denmark found that those who drank artificially sweetened soft drinks, whether fizzy or still, were more likely to give birth early.

It was found that those who drank one serving per day of artificially sweetened fizzy drink were 38 per cent more likely to give birth before 37 weeks gestation and those who consumed four servings a day were 78 per cent more likely to have their baby prematurely.

Soft drinks also add empty calories to your body without any nutrients. And you’ll want to make every calorie count when you’re pregnant. Instead choose to drink a refreshing glass of fresh fruit juice, coconut water, milk etc.


  • DRINKS CONTAINING CAFFEINE


Pregnant women are advised not to use drinks containing stimulants such as coffee, wine, beer, caffeine because they can directly affect to foetus through placenta. Your baby’s metabolism is still maturing and cannot fully metabolize the caffeine. Any amount of caffeine can also cause changes in your baby’s sleep pattern or normal movement pattern in the later stages of pregnancy. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases your blood pressure and heart rate. In small doses caffeine doesn’t harm your baby, but excess caffeine could decrease blood flow to the placenta and affect your growing baby. In large doses (3 cups of coffee and more), it also increases the risk of miscarriage. Experts recommend that women should have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day while pregnant.

According to experiment research on animals, caffeine can cause some complications such as: opened palate, handicapped toe or foot, cracked vertebra, not having jaw, eyes, bone and slow development. These consequences can take place with people. Consequently, in pregnant period, pregnant women shouldn’t drink wine because it can cause infected syndrome of wine for foetus. It is very dangerous. You should limit beer and wine with maximum level.

Caffeine is also a diuretic and causes your body to lose water and other fluids along with essential vitamins such as calcium. Having too much caffeine could also hinder the quality of sleep that you require while pregnant.

  • TEA

Drinking tea has a big effect on foetus’s health; tea leaves contain 2-5% of caffeine that can cause excitement. If pregnant women drink a lot of tea, it will stimulate the foetus to move more and can be harmful to foetus’s growing and development.

Tea leaves also contains tannin, when tannin is combined with iron in foods, it will create a compound that make pregnant women’s body have difficulty in absorbing. Therefore, pregnant women who drink a lot of tea can lack in blood because their body lacks in iron. As a result, foetus will lack blood because of inborn shortage of iron.

However some teas are not harmful; herbal teas hydrate, provide easily assimilated nutrients and feed the body during pregnancy. They are also packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which helps lower your anxiety and stress levels. Herbal teas can help hydrate the body when women don’t want to drink plain water,” says Amelia Hirota, D.Ac., an herbalist and acupuncturist at Phoenix Fertility Center in East Greenwich, R.I. Plus, some provide important pregnancy nutrients, including calcium, magnesium and iron. Rooibos tea, in particular, is a good one to try because of its antioxidant properties; it’s also caffeine-free. Some herbal teas may help alleviate morning sickness (ginger and mint), prevent insomnia (chamomile) and promote more effective contractions during labour (red raspberry leaf). “Many midwives believe that raspberry leaf tones the uterine muscle, which may help make contractions more efficient,” says Hirota.

Some herbal teas to avoid include PMS, diet, cleansing and detoxification teas, as well as those with the herbs black cohosh, blue cohosh, dong quai and others. Also avoid herbal laxatives, so read tea labels carefully. Green tea contains high amounts of caffeine and is said to reduce folic acid absorption.

  • COLD DRINKS

Pregnant women’s stomach and bowel are sensitive to cold drinks. Drinking a lot of cold water will make the stomach and bowel’s blood vessels of pregnant women shrink suddenly, gastric juice discharge less, digest worse. It can also lead to many symptoms concerning the stomach and bowel such as: not wanting to eat, bad digestion, evacuation. In addition, stomach’s spasm will cause stomach ache and pregnant women will have violent bellyache.

If pregnant women drink a lot of cold water, the blood vessels in respiratory mucous membrane such as nose, throat, wind pipe will shrink suddenly and it will make the amount of running blood less, pregnant women’s resistance also reduce. Therefore, causing an infection to the respiratory organ. Drinking a lot of cold water also makes the movement of the foetus in the womb increase quickly. Hence, pregnant women must limit cold drinks; drink with moderation.

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