You’ll be feeling exceptionally thirsty all throughout pregnancy, from start to finish. You might already know of the “caffeine ban” that’s going to last for the next few months, so what can you drink when you have to give up on your coffee? They might not be the best-selling drinks out there, but here’s a few that are worth considering!
Drinks for the pregnant mom: Hydrate yourself!
When you’re pregnant, the fats around the belly increase as your body instinctively wants to protect your baby, and when these fats are converted into energy through metabolism, changes arise in your body. As a result, when summer descends and temperatures rise, you might find yourself perspiring more easily. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in you increases by 40%, and your body requires more water than usual, so you must drink more to meet the demands of your body. Drinking more not only helps to prevent dehydration when the weather is hot, it maximizes your metabolism, helps improve blood circulation and fights constipation. Having more “healthy” blood will help your baby develop healthily!
Recommended drinks for expectant mothers
Barley tea is a non-caffeinated drink that even babies can drink, and it’s high in fiber and minerals that are essential to a pregnant mom. However, barley tea has the effect of cooling your body down, so you might want to have it hot or lukewarm.
Rooibos tea is usually associated with dieting and health, but it’s refreshing, light and easy on the stomach. As it is high in iron, calcium, and other nutrients, you might want to consider adding it to your diet!
Dandelion tea (also known as dandelion coffee because it is a good coffee substitute)
Dandelion tea is good for blood circulation and helps with bowel movement. Categorized as a “substance generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration, it’s also safe for breastfeeding and offers your Baby some much needed vitamin K.
Citron is not only high in vitamin and minerals, but also high in folate which is especially essential in the early stages of pregnancy. Although citron seldom features in dishes, making teas out of it essentially kills two birds with one stone as it not only nutritious, but also has the effect of warming up the body. However, if you want to add in rock sugar or honey to sweeten up your drink a little, make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of sugar or honey you add in, or consciously note the amount you’re drinking.
Rosehip tea: Good for pregnant moms having severe morning sickness
Rosehip tea is rich in iron, calcium, vitamin C which helps in the absorption of iron, and other nutrients. The refreshing and sour taste will help make your morning sickness better, and if you get addicted to it, you might just find yourself drinking it throughout pregnancy!
What not to drink while pregnant?
Coffees, black tea, green tea, oolong tea are beverages with high caffeine levels. Caffeine blocks the absorption of iron and thus is off the list of recommended drinks. Unfortunately, drinks like cola and energy drinks are also high in caffeine and should be avoided. In addition, you might want to refrain from drinking some herbal teas – they can have a relaxing effect on the body, interacts with female hormones, calms the stomach muscles, and might even induce labor, so make sure you check before drinking herbal teas, especially when you drink huge amounts. Although mineral water is regarded as safe for consumption during pregnancy, your kidneys might have to work harder to filter hard water, and if you are already physically drained because of morning sickness, you might want to find something else to quench your thirst in the meantime.
Drink what suits your taste buds
In the early stages of pregnancy, your taste buds seem to have changed – your preferred drinks are completely different! It’s important that you have enough fluids during pregnancy as that’s very vital in helping your baby grow healthily, so find out what beverages are safe and pleasing to your taste buds. Cheers!