How Much Soda is Okay During Pregnancy


Dear Nutritionist,
What is the recommended dose of soda a person can drink safely during pregnancy and is diet soda okay?


There is no actual recommended amount of soft drinks a pregnant women can drink. However, regular soft drinks are loaded with calories, no nutritional value and can cause excessive weight gain. In addition many soft drinks contain caffeine, which is a substance that women who are pregnant should use sparingly if at all. As far as diet soft drinks, artificial sweeteners have been proven safe, by the FDA, for pregnant women. However, you should not let diet soft drinks take the place of more nutritional beverages and they should be used in moderation.

Whether the soft drink is regular or diet they are both "empty" of any nutritional value! Make what you eat during pregnancy count toward your increased nutritional needs. The best suggestion is to avoid soft drinks for the most part and stick with healthier beverages including 100% juice, water, and milk.

Thank you for your question!
-- Kimberly A. Tessmer, R.D., L.D.


Hi, Caffeine is also found in


Caffeine is also found in tea, chocolate, cocoa, energy drinks and some medicines as well as coffee.

Scientific research has already linked caffeine consumption to a higher risk of miscarriage during pregnancy. Lower birth weight can also result in spontaneous miscarriage.

The new advice from the watchdog is for pregnant women — and those wishing to become pregnant — to limit caffeine intake to 200mg a day, the equivalent of two average-sized cups of instant coffee.

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus", in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and, Inc as well as continuing education courses for She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.