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Can i drink diet drinks while pregnant?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Water is probably the best diet drink you can drink during pregnancy. Soft drinks, whether diet or not, are usually not the best drinks in pregnancy. I would suggest healthier drinks, such as juices, milk, electrolyte drinks such as gatorade or powerade rather than purely synthetic drinks. I would stay away from energy drinks.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Yes: Moderation. While no association has been reported from currently used artificial sweeteners it's always wise to proceed with some restraint. Similar for caffeine.
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Yes: You can but do it in moderation. You are better off drinking water.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
No: It is not recommended that you take any diet drinks in pregnancy. Avoid anything that is not natural. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarette smoke and drugs. Carbonation can cause more problems with acidity and heart burn. Fetal development is most important up to 16 weeks.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Milk, water are best: The first rule is to eat healthy foods. The second is to avoid foods that can cause harm. Carbonated diet beverages add no nutrient value, replace liquids from healthful drinks, and damage the teeth according to dentists. Avoiding them in pregnancy and if breastfeeding might help women and their families avoid them later also.
Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Hydrate and HYDRATE!: Hydration is very important in pregnancy and one of the best things to drink is skim milk. Plenty of water is also good. But diet drinks are ok too if you don't like the taste of plain water. Flavored water and mix-up drinks like crystal lite are ok. Carbonated diet drinks would be down the list because of the carbonation, but they're still better than the full-sugar versions.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

Id it ok to drink diet sodas while pregnant?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Moderation: Although it is best to avoid caffeine and artificials sweeteners, there really has never been any study to show any harms with moderate use. The problem is defining minimal to moderate use. Some things should be avoided entirely (smoking, alcohol, etc), but otherwise let common sense and moderation guide you.
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Can diet drinks be harmful during pregnancy?

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Ok in moderation: Diet drinks should be ok in moderation.
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
From a theoretical standpoint they’re ok but diet drinks being chemicals, I would try to avoid them as much as possible. Especially the ones containing aspartame such as Diet Coke and Coke Zero which have shown to be associated with neurodegenration.
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Is diet green tea save to drink during my pregnancy ?

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Green tea: I know of no toxicity associated with green tea.

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