TOP OR FLOP? FROM PROHIBITED BEVERAGES TO THOSE THAT ARE IMPORTANT DURING PREGNANCY
There are some drinks that are taboo in pregnancy, while others should be consumed in moderation. And then there are those that you can drink at will. In this article, you will be able to clarify ideas and find many useful tips.
No alcohol during pregnancy. You know that. If you don't know, then we’ll put it down in black and white: no alcohol during pregnancy! Another taboo are energy-drinks during pregnancy. It’s also better to avoid Bitter Lemon and tonic water, because they contain quinine, a substance that (if consumed in large quantities) seems to be harmful to the baby. For prohibitions, that’s about it.
Soft drinks contain a lot of sugar and so are not the ideal choice
Drinking a lot is good, drinking a lot of sugar is not. And that Coca-Cola, Fanta, etc. contain a lot of sugar is no secret.
So why no sugar? When sugar is consumed, insulin is produced, a substance that quickly reduces the level of glucose in the blood. Then, after a short time you crave sugar even more. Too much sugar is also harmful to your child: just think about gestational diabetes. In this case or for a nutritional plan for pregnancy consult your doctor.
A little coffee during pregnancy
Are you someone who, before pregnancy, couldn't get out of bed or start the day without coffee? And now you feel tired because your body is working hard at "baby production"? You're not alone. Many women wonder if coffee is allowed during pregnancy and in what quantities.
Here's the answer.
In general, coffee has the same effect on the baby as it has on you: it stimulates the heart and nerves, increases the heart rate. It makes sense that you don't want to excessively increase your baby’s heart rate. If you drink a coffee in the morning or a latte in the afternoon, it’s not a problem. Let's just say that it would be better not to exceed two, three cups throughout the day. You can do that, right? Since coffee dehydrates, drink a glass of water for every cup of coffee. One last thing: Coca-Cola in pregnancy is twice as harmful since it contains both caffeine and sugar.
Better black than green: a bit more tea is allowed
But only a little. Let's say ... one cup more per day.
No, not in addition to three cups of coffee! Even tea contains caffeine, or rather theine, which from a chemical point of view is the same thing. But theine binds more quickly to other substances, which slows and weakens its stimulating action. This effect also applies to your baby. Although green tea seems to be healthier, in pregnancy it’s just the opposite. Green tea limits the absorption of iron and hinders the absorption of folic acid, very important elements for your little one. So, be careful with the amount!
Milk during pregnancy: green light
Milk and dairy products are good for pregnant women, because they contain calcium, vitamin D, protein and magnesium. Who does not drink milk readily, can opt for the buttermilk, milk with cereal or yogurt. At Lidl, you have a wide choice of quality dairy products!
In large amounts: water, mineral water and herbal teas without sugar
You can drink a lot of these, ideally from 1.5 to 2 litres per day: water, mineral water (low sodium or, even better, water enriched with vitamins and minerals) or herbal teas without sugar. Depending on the season you can drink them cold or hot. And you can find a wide range at your nearest Lidl.
Recommendations for a party: non-alcoholic sparkling wine with fresh fruit
Here's a tip for those who begin to tire of the fifth glass of water at the party: non-alcoholic sparkling wine (which you can find at Lidl, naturally) with fresh fruit. Party and action! All you really need is a chocolate cigarette! Almost like a few years ago.