5 months pregnant

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Snow - posted on 06/19/2016

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It is important to note is that caffeine use during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, so it is important to limit the amount of caffeine u ingest. I believe that March Of Dimes recommends limiting caffeine intake to less than 200mg daily, but while pregnant I always made sure to never exceed half that just to be safe. It is also important to make sure to include all sources of caffeine ingested (chocolate included). I believe that a 8.4 fl oz. (250ml) can of red bull contains 80 mg of caffeine, so roughly the same as a cup of coffee.

As for the other ingredients:
1) carbonated water (obviously not to be concerned about if it doesn't make u nauseated),
2) sucrose and glucose (just sugars - fine in moderation as long as u do not have diabetes - gestational or otherwise),
3) sodium citrate (most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which if ongoing can lead to dehydration and nutrient loss. It also contains a fair bit of salt, so it may make u retain more water)
4) taurine (is an amino acid that is naturally found in the body, however u must be careful with this one while pregnant as not enough research has been done to determine how much is safe to ingest during pregnancy. Limited research is available in regards to taurine supplementation during pregnancy, and the majority of the investigations are conducted on animals and not humans. One study, published in 2002 by the "Journal of Prenatal Medicine," found that during pregnancy, taurine builds up in the maternal tissues and is released in the prenatal period to the fetus, and accumulates in the fetal and neonatal brain)
5) glucaronolactone (this is another understudied additive when it comes to use while pregnant, however being that it is naturally produced by ur liver, I can't imagine it causing any ill effects if ingested in moderation.)
6) acesulfame potassium (artificial sweetener- as with most artificial sweeteners, it has not been adequately studied in general and may be a carcinogen. With this being said, it is considered safe for use during pregnancy if used in moderation. This sweetener is commonly found in baked goods, frozen desserts, sugar-free gelatins, and puddings)
7) aspartame (artificial sweetener - it is commonly found in soft drinks, gelatin, desserts, pudding mixes, breakfast cereals, beverages, chewing gum, and dairy products)
8) inositol (sugar alcohol - it is naturally occuring and found in highest concentration in citrus fruits and whole grains. It may even help to enhance female fertility and combat depression)
9) xanthan gum (food thickening agent - often found in salad dressings, sauces, toothpaste, ice cream, commercial egg substitutes made from egg whites, and gluten-free products. It is considered safe for use while pregnant when ingested in moderation, although may contribute to bloating and flatulence)
10) niacinamide (B vitamin - the National Academy of Sciences recommended dietary allowance for niacin (which is converted in humans to niacinamide) is 17 mg. and is an essential nutrient required for lipid metabolism, tissue respiration, and glycogenolysis. It is actively transported to the fetus, so it is not recommended that this limit is exceeded)
11) calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5 - considered safe when taken in recommended amounts of 6 mg per day during pregnancy)
12) pyridoxine hcl - vitamin B6 - is often used in conjunction with other chemicals in medications used to treat morning sickness during pregnancy. The recommended dietary allowance for pregnant women is 1.9mg/day)
13) vitamin B12 (important during pregnancy as it helps to prevent neural tube defects, as well as having other beneficial neurological effects on the fetus. The recommended dietary allowance for pregnant women in 2.6 mcg/day)
14) artificial colours/flavours (they r in everything; kind of impossible to avoid)

In conclusion, I don't see why the occasional red bull would be dangerous while pregnant as long as it is not a daily occurrence, but when in doubt it is best to check with ur doctor. As for the beneficial additives, like the B vitamins and niacinamide, it is always best to check all supplements (prenatals and other medications), u r taking to ensure u r not exceeding any recommended limits; more is not always better, and I'm not sure how much of each is present in a red bull.

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