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Can Pregnant Women Drink Ginger Ale

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Can Pregnant Women Drink Ginger Ale

Can Pregnant Women Drink Ginger Ale

Can Pregnant Women Drink Ginger Ale? If you’re pregnant and have morning sickness, your doctor may recommend taking a pregnancy test before leaving for work on Monday mornings. It’s not just to make sure you’ll be honest about what kind of day you had over the weekend — it’s also a way to ensure you don’t miss any important appointments. Once you’ve got confirmation, you can start thinking about how you’ll get through the week without throwing up all over your desk. One good tip is to avoid alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. But if you do decide to eat them anyway, remember that they can cause heartburn and acid reflux. You might want to consider eating crackers or pretzels instead. And while you shouldn’t smoke during pregnancy, chances are you’ll need something to help you relax after working so hard this past year. What better than some nice hot tea?

But there’s one beverage that many expectant mothers swear by — ginger ale. “Ginger ale has a lot of B vitamins in it,” says Dr. William A. Schoenstadt, an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. He recommends drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid daily. “It helps reduce nausea and vomiting.” According to Schoenstadt, ginger ale works because its bubbles calm the stomach lining, which is irritated from constantly absorbing gastric juices. This reduces irritation caused when food moves too quickly through the digestive system. In addition, he notes that the carbonation makes the fluid more palatable for people who still feel nauseous even though they’ve started to lose their queasiness around mid-week.

While ginger ale is often recommended for pregnant women, other popular beverages include diet soda, black coffee (but only decaffeinated), unsweetened herbal teas like peppermint, chamomile or fennel seed, warm milk and rehydration solutions such as Pedialyte.

The bottom line: Don’t let morning sickness stop you from getting out the door. Just keep these tips in mind. Eat small meals every three hours. When hunger strikes, stick to low-fat snacks that contain complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Avoid high fat foods and refined sugars.

Drink plenty of fluids. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Eat salty foods rather than sweet ones. Try saltines, pretzels and crackers. The salt will help decrease bloating and flatulence. Also try drinking unsweetened herbal tea. Chamomile and fennel seeds taste delicious and have no calories. Mix the herbs into plain yogurt; add honey to your tea.

Avoid caffeinated products. Caffeine causes constipation and dehydration. Other stimulants such as chocolate can increase blood pressure and heart rate, according to the Mayo Clinic Web site.

Skip the smoking breaks. Cigarette smoke irritates the lungs, making it harder to breathe. Smoking affects fetal development and increases the risk of miscarriage.

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