One of the early pregnancy symptoms most women experience is morning sickness and overall nausea.
It is recommended that pregnant women drink at least 80 ounces of water daily. The water doesn’t really help with nausea.
The need to stay hydrated, together with the need to get rid of nausea always leads most pregnant women wanting to get a nice refreshing glass of ginger ale.
However, pregnancy is a critical time when you cannot afford any laxity in your diet so you may be worried about drinking ginger ale during pregnancy safe.
Ginger ale is a popular soft drink that usually contains carbonated water, sugar, and ginger flavor. The use of ginger gives a natural flavor and aroma to the drink.
Pineapple and honey are also usually additional ingredients in ginger ale. It may also contain yeast if it is carbonated through natural fermentation.
Ginger ale is a caffeine-free drink, so it is mostly alright to sip on some while you are pregnant. According to the American Family Physician, ginger has some antiemetic effects. These happen at the same level as your central nervous system and gastrointestinal system.
Diet Ginger ale is an alternative to regular ginger ale that uses artificial sweeteners. A study released recently in JAMA Pediatrics suggests artificial noncaloric sweeteners — those often used to replace sugar — consumed during pregnancy could give a child twice as great a chance of being overweight at 1 year old.
“To our knowledge, our results provide the first human evidence that artificial sweetener consumption during pregnancy may increase the risk of early childhood overweight,” the researchers concluded.
“Given the current epidemic of childhood obesity and the widespread consumption of artificial sweeteners, further research is warranted.”
Research has shown consumption of diet sodas was associated with significantly greater risks of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, beverage manufacturers say diet sodas can be an effective tool for weight loss.
The majority of the research on how artificial sweeteners can affect a developing fetus has been performed on animals.
This cohort used for the JAMA study included 3033 mother-infant dyads from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, a population-based birth cohort that recruited healthy pregnant women from 2009 to 2012.
Women completed dietary assessments during pregnancy, and their infants’ BMI was measured at 1 year of age (n = 2686; 89% follow-up).
Statistical analysis for the JAMA Pediatrics study used data collected after the first year of follow-up, which was completed in October 2013. The data analysis was conducted in August 2015.
Inconclusion, it is not recommended to drink diet soda during pregnancy, even if you do it should be a very small amount. Pregnant women should always try to drink regular water to help quench their thirst and resort to natural remedies to deal with nausea.