What CAN you drink while pregnant?
9 delicious ideas for drinks during pregnancy
All pregnant women hear is what they shouldn’t drink and eat. Ditch the alcohol, obviously. Try to cut out caffeine, so limited amount to no coffee, coke, or your favorite teas. Say goodbye to sodas, unpasteurized “fresh-squeezed” juices and the list could go on. Yea, I get it and I do think it’s important to follow those dietary guidelines. However, enough of the “you can’t/shouldn’t” drink this or that.
Let’s instead focus on what you can enjoy while pregnant, shall we?
First things first. Yes, water is not a very unique drink idea, I agree. However, it’s so crucial that you drink enough water, especially while pregnant, that I simply must mention it. To mix things up a little and get you to drink more water try the following:
x lemon water
It’s recommended to drink warm water with lemon juice in the morning.
Some benefits include: rich in vitamin C, good for your immune system, can help with nausea and vomiting, keeps the pH of the body in balance, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces muscle pain.
x water infused with fruits and veggies
You can add for instance: berries, sliced lime, ginger, pineapple, cucumber, or melon.
You can also spice things up by adding mint leaves, basil, or rosemary.
x chia water
For extra nourishment, add chia seeds to your water, let it sit for a few minutes, enjoy.
Some benefits include: rich in omega-3 fatty acid and fiber, so great for your digestion, especially to prevent or help with constipation, it also regulates blood sugar.
Besides the beloved orange juice and apple juice some other healthy juices you can enjoy while pregnant are:
x pomegranate juice
Some of the benefits: rich in folic acid and Vitamin C; great for the immune system and for baby’s brain development, helps with the absorption of iron.
Pomegranate juice may hold promise for preventing preeclampsia, growth restriction and preterm birth when given to women during pregnancy, according to a recent Washington University study. – WUSTL
x carrot juice
Some of the benefits: rich inter alia in beta-carotene, vitamin C, A, fiber, calcium, and folate; cleanses the liver, can prevent high blood pressure, as well as birth defects.
x beetroot juice
Some of the benefits: rich in folic acid, fiber, vitamin c, manganese, and iron; great for the development of your baby’s nervous system, can reduce mama’s high blood pressure, and prevent constipation.
x cranberry juice
Some of the benefits: helps to prevent and treat UTIs, will keep you hydrated as cranberries contain 90% water.
x grape juice
Some of the benefits: reduces stress, helps with cramps as well as constipation, boosts immunity.
Just because you’re supposed to limit your caffeine intake, so basically avoid all the most popular teas like black, green, white, and matcha, doesn’t mean you won’t pick up a nice warm or ice-cold cup of tea for the next 9 months. However, keep in mind that just like juices, tea should be enjoyed in moderation and that different teas are recommended/should be avoided depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are.
Rich in antioxidants, can be enjoyed throughout your pregnancy and can help with digestion as well as reflux.
x ginger tea
Can help with morning sickness and nausea, so it’s a great option for the 1st trimester. Should be avoided by the end of pregnancy.
x nettle tea
Nettle tea is rich in vitamin A, C, D, and K. It also contains calcium, potassium and is high in chlorophyll. Nettle is said to increase iron in your blood, as well
as reduce the risk of hemorrhage. It’s recommended to drink 1 cup a day in your 3rd trimester in preparation for labor.
x raspberry leaf tea
You can start drinking raspberry leaf tea in your 3rd trimester in order to prepare for labor. It’s said to inter alia shorten labor and strengthen your uterine walls.
4 . Smoothies
Smoothies are a great choice during pregnancy. Hydrating, refreshing, filling, nourishing, delicious. Plus, it seems like your options are unlimited so you can try out different recipes depending on your pregnancy cravings and nutritional needs.
5. Barley coffee
Haven’t heard of it before, but excited that it has the word “coffee” in it? Give it a try!
Barley coffee, also known as orzo coffee can help you forget about your coffee addiction, plus it’s full of nutrients.
6. Decaf coffee
If you’re a coffee lover of course you’ve thought about decaf coffee. However, if you truly are a coffee lover you’re probably hesitating. If that’s the case you might want to check out CoffeeHow’s post on the “11 Best Decaf Coffee Brands”.
If you’re in the mood for something more exciting, or simply don’t feel like drinking water while everyone else is enjoying alcoholic drinks, mocktails are what you’re looking for. Simply get an alcohol-free version of your favorite drink. Whether it’s a classic bloody mary, a blueberry mojito, a peach shrub, or a Moscow mule mocktail, the options are endless and you’ll surely find something to satisfy your taste buds and boost your mood.
8. Coconut water
Coconut water is rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. It’s refreshing, and it’s energizing. It can help with constipation as well as heartburn. Coconut water can boost your immune system and help you rehydrate.
9. Plain or flavored plant-based milk
Soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, walnut milk…vanilla, banana, chocolate, strawberry. There are so many options to choose from. Enjoy cold as a refreshment or warm for comfort. Nourishing and filling.