new ideas for cold or hot drinks (non-caffineinated/non-alcoholic)

Mary - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I usually drink coffee or tea daily and now that I'm (mostly) avoiding caffeine, I feel like I'm missing out on the simple pleasure of my hot drink. Also, I'm avoiding soda, overly sweetened drinks and artificial sweeteners. So that leaves water, non-sweetened juice, and milk - kind of boring. I'd love to have an ice tea in this hot weather. Just curious - what are your drink choices while pregnant?

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Melanie - posted on 09/26/2010

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Careful with the sugar free stuff. It may have the fake sugars. A little bit of sugar isn't bad. I like the decaf ice teas too. Also juice and sparkling water, makes it feel like a cocktail....aaahhh soon.

Jessica - posted on 09/08/2010

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I enjoy hot apple cider that is sugar free. I found for me it helps with the braxton hicks pains too.

Robyn - posted on 07/27/2010

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All the more recent prego books I've read say you can have up to two cups of coffee's worth of caffeine a day. I chill some coffee, get a small sized mug, fill it with ice, then half with milk and fill the rest of the room with the coffee if I'm having a serious coffee craving. I'm sure you could use decaf coffee and it'd be just as good. I love sweet tea and haven't quite managed to kick the habit, but I try to make it myself with stevia or another less sugary sweetner and only drink a glass every once in a while. The soda, on the other hand, I have issues with. I crave it like crazy and club soda just tastes nasty to me no matter what I do. I try and just steal drinks off my husband and mom. But they do sell caffeine free Pepsi and I think Jones Soda also sells caffeine free.

Hot drinks I haven't wanted because my air conditioner is bunk, but I have an entire supply of "herbal" teas that are safe during pregnancy that I've always enjoyed. Plain peppermint is my favorite, but the raspberry is delicious too.

Dana - posted on 07/10/2010

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a&w root beer and mugg rootbeer are caffene free,and i like to squeese lime or lemon in my water with a lot of ice or eat snowballs a lot. a few of the plus' being prego in summer.lipton also sells decaffinated teabags.i cant tell the difference at all.

Kelina - posted on 07/10/2010

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Have you tried minute maid juices? Yes they have sugar but I tend to water them waaaaaaay down and I've never had any problems with gestational diabetes or anything. My son was born right on time and 8 lbs first time around. You can drink iced tea, try a decaffinated one or a store bought one. My friend made a grea point when I siad something about it when pregnant with my son-it goes through so much refining, and processing before it gets to us, that it had very little caffeine by the time it gets to the shelves. I have a glass about once a week and it's never hurt. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2010

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I have been drinking decaf ice tea like crazy!! I'm also loving ice water with lemon. And I also don't think that a little caffiene every once in a while will hurt anyone.. Not saying drink it daily, but if you want a glass of tea and it has caffiene, go for it! And I bought decaf coffee just bc I love the taste of coffee and iced coffees.

Alyssa - posted on 07/06/2010

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I love club soda over ice with a little splash of sugar-free vanilla syrup (like Torrani syrup, coffee section of the grocery store). If you wanna indulge a little, add a splash of heavy cream.... yum!!

Fruit juice and club soda over ice is simple, too. About a 1-to-1 ratio is good.

I'm kind of a tea nut, so I have a bunch of non-caffeinated teas around, and will make a STRONG pot then pour it into a pitcher filled with ice - the mango teas and apple-strawberry teas are my favs! perfect for summer!

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