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Can I drink diet drinks while pregnant?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Timothy Gorski
Dr. Timothy Gorski
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Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jose Bolanos
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

You can but do it in moderation. You are better off drinking water.

In brief: Yes

You can but do it in moderation. You are better off drinking water.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Chudacoff
Dr. Richard Chudacoff
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