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.
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