Is It Safe To Drink Coke During Pregnancy?

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Are you craving for French fries and a sip of coke? Were you in the habit of sipping a coke now and then and suddenly stopping it seems tough? Can I drink coke while pregnant must be your question?Just relax. We have all the answer to your queries, just read our post.

What Is Coke And How Is It Made?

Wikipedia defines Cola as a beverage that has been carbonated and flavored. Traditionally the Cola constitutes of Caffeine from Kola Nut, Cocaine from Cola leaves, and vanilla was is the flavoring agent. However, now cocaine usage has been stopped, and even flavoring extends beyond the vanilla flavor. And that’s the one the reason that now you see all varieties of drinks available in the market. [1]

Preparation of Coke is pretty simple, the machines fill the clean bottle with water, and then sugar is added. The machine then mixes the sugar water with a secret formula [whose recipe, ingredients, and the proportion are known to very few companies] and is topped with some caramel coloring. Finally, carbon dioxide is added to the mixture, to make the drink fizzy and then bottled up. [2]

Nutritional Value Of Coke

So Coke mainly consists of

  • Sugar
  • Carbon Dioxide – making it acidic in nature
  • Caffeine
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Preservatives

Let’s look at the sugar and caffeine value of some of the common drinks [3][4]:

Drink NameSugar Content [g/100ml]Caffeine Content [mg]
Coca-Cola [Classic]11.134.0
Pepsi [Classic]11.437.5
Mountain Dew12.055.0

Is drinking coke during pregnancy Safe?

To answer it in one line, yes it is safe if you restrict the consumption of caffeine up to 300mg per day. But limiting does not guarantee that its side effects are now nil. Mostly caffeine, takes a bit longer in getting digested, and as pregnancy progresses, even the breaking down of caffeine slows down, exposing the fetus to ill effects of caffeine.

Drinking coke during pregnancy might not be a good option as it does not offer any nutritional value, and the calories which you keep on sipping are considered to be empty calories. And we all know, how important it for a pregnant woman to take a balanced and nutritious diet. So limiting the dose is crucial.

The Side Effects Of Exceeding The Permissible Limit Of Coke

Caffeine present in the coke, which is present in a woman’s body in the indigestible form, reaches through the placenta, and and the baby absorbs it completely. Studies have shown that the body of a pregnant woman, caffeine is present up to 11 hours. But the fetus can retain it until 100 hours, for the simple reason that they are developing babies and don’t have necessary enzymes to detoxify and break down caffeine.

For the pregnant woman, if she is exceeding the daily measure of coke, it could result in: [1]

  • Dilated pupils
  • Opening of bronchial tubes
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Discharge of insulin into the blood stream from the liver
  • Tightened muscles
  • Higher metabolism
  • Could result in Miscarriage
  • Reduced Fertility
  • Diuretic in nature and makes our body lose water.
  • Insomnia

Also, for the fetus it has an adverse effect as it could lead to:

[ Read: Effective Changes In Lifestyle To Minimize Insomnia During Pregnancy ]

What Are The Sweeteners And Preservatives Added To Coke?

Don’t be fooled by Zero sugar or diet coke labels which give the impression that they don’t have sugar. Most of the aerated soft drinks comes soft drinks come with artificial sugars. And studies have shown that these sweeteners, flavoring agents, preservatives are not advisable for a pregnant woman.

Some of the commonly used sweeteners are:

  • Aspartame (NutraSweet) – It is a safe sweetener, but you should consume it in a moderate quantity. In fact, studies have shown that a pregnant woman should avoid this sweetener as it could also cause depression or chronic pain.[1]
  • Sucralose (Splenda) – This is just a modified version of table sugar and pretty much safe during pregnancy. [2]
  • Saccharin (Sweet and Low) – This sweetener can cross the placenta and is considered to be safe for the baby but again you should be taking it in a moderate quantity. [3]

Do You Wish To Get Away With Coke Cravings?

Since, last few years you have been religiously sipping coke and suddenly to stop it is very tough for you. How can you get rid of this habit?

It is not easy to kick the habit! But you need to remember you need to cut it down for the sake of your baby. So look out for these options as an alternative and if you still feel the urge, sip it and keep it in safe limits. Drink it once in a while, not regularly.

  • Cut the caffeine slowly. Don’t just hash it.
  • Look for options which have no caffeine like Decaf Coffee.
  • Exercise, to fight against the withdrawal symptoms and keep yourself refreshed.
  • Drink lots of water and healthy fluids.

Food Items To Try Out:

  • Fresh fruit juice
  • Lime water
  • Lassi [sweet and salted]
  • Aam pana or raw mango water
  • Coconut water
  • Homemade smoothies

So, although during pregnancy it’s not the best option to grab a glass of coke but it doesn’t seem to be worst as well. Your question can you drink coke while pregnant is answered here.So, during pregnancy it’s not the best option to grab a glass of coke, yet it doesn’t seem to be the worst either.

Did you have a coke experience to share? Do let us know in the comments section.

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