Most pregnant women are aware of diet do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. However, when it comes to beverages or drinks, they do not have much knowledge. Some of them which are considered ‘healthy’ may actually have an adverse effect during pregnancy.
Some of these drinks are termed as health drinks, some boast medicinal and other equivalent qualities, but they are not all that great for an expectant mum. Here are some healthy but pregnancy unfriendly drinks.
- Green Tea: Herbal teas are usually considered safe and are known to be loaded with antioxidants. Green tea is herbal and good for health, but refrain from having it during pregnancy. During pregnancy your metabolism levels are high as such, green tea increases it further and this is not advisable. Green tea also has caffeine in it so unlimited sips is going to do as much damage as regular tea. Excessive consumption of green tea can lead to less absorption of folic acid during pregnancy, making you and your baby susceptible to folic acid deficiency diseases.
- Soft Drinks: They are great thirst quenchers, we all agree. But now it’s better you go natural and cut out on fizzy drinks. Some soft drinks contain caffeine and some contain chemicals called quinine.so caffeine and chemicals both in one drink can cause double damage if taken in large quantities.
- Unpasteurized juices or milk: it’s very important to read labels before buying any product. Avoid any juice or diary product that says unpasteurized on the label. Because these products can contain bacteria in them which can lead to food-borne disease in the mother. If it crosses over to the placenta and reaches the foetus it can hamper neurological development.
- Alcohol: Occasional indulgences are fine, but if you cross the line you should know about its perils too. Too much alcohol intake during pregnancy can lead to poor growth and improper brain development in the foetus. It can also lead to abnormal facial features in the baby and mental retardation. Even if you restrict yourself to one drink a day, your baby might still be at risk of having problems with learning speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity after birth.