What to Drink (and avoid) during Pregnancy


The healthiest beverage during pregnancy is water. If you don’t like the flavor of plain water, try floating slices of lemon, lime or orange, or mint and cucumber in your water. Other great options include hot or iced herbal tea (without added sweeteners), sparkling water with fruit essence (for example, lemon Perrier).

You can have 1-2 glasses of milk or kefir per day as part of your 3 servings of dairy daily (yogurt or cheese can make up the rest). One to two servings of low-sodium 100% vegetable juice can fit as well.

Use the above beverages to reach the minimum of 80 ounces of non-caffeinated beverages needed daily during pregnancy.

If you do drink caffeinated beverages, limit caffeine during pregnancy to a maximum of 200 milligrams per day (equivalent to about 12 ounces of coffee). Don’t add sweeteners.

Beverages to Avoid

There is NO safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Period. Avoid beverages containing added sugars and artificial sweeteners. Liquid sugar calories, even those from 100% fruit juice, can cause excess weight gain and elevated blood sugars, increasing the risk of gestational diabetes.

Alcohol of any kind
Soda & Diet Soda
Fruit Juice, including fruit & vegetable juice blends
Sports Drinks
Energy Drinks
Fruit Punch, Kool-Aid, Tang, etc
Sweetened Tea (Iced, Hot, Herbal, etc)
Sweetened Coffee Drinks of any kind
Hot Chocolate
Flavored Milk (chocolate, strawberry, etc)

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