People cannot live without sweets, especially sweet and fizzy drinks like soda. Most people already know the disadvantages of drinking too much soda. But what if pregnant women want to drink soda? Can they drink? Will it be harmful to their babies?
Soda not only has no benefits and nutrition but also has high sugar and calories. Drinking too much soda can be harmful to the body. So, drinking while pregnant can be dangerous to the baby as well.
So, can pregnant women drink soda? Yes, they can, but better not to drink.
Drinking soda more than one cup a day during pregnancy can increase the risk of premature delivery as soda has a lot of bad effects to pregnant women and babies such as:
- Effects on child’s development in the womb
It can affect the child’s learning and memorizing after birth. The child may have lower cognitive skills than normal, which also affect communication skills.
- Caffeine affects womb.
There are lots of effects when receiving too much caffeine during pregnancy like the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, low birth weight, and congenital disability.
Sugar is the only nutrition contained in soda. There is no other nutrition that have benefits to the health of pregnant women.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Drinking soda that contains caffeine can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease and even affect the daily life such as waking up in the middle of night, difficulty swallowing, cough, and weight loss
- Overweight and obesity
Drinking too much soda which has high sugar can cause overweight and increase the risk of obesity. Excess weight gained during pregnancy is many times more dangerous to the baby. It can cause abnormal labor.
- Gestational diabetes mellitus
It can cause gestational diabetes mellitus (Type 2 diabetes mellitus) which is harmful to the mother and the baby. It even causes the risk of preeclampsia, hypertension in pregnancy, labor complications such as difficulty in childbirth and postpartum hemorrhage.
- Dental caries in pregnancy and problems in oral health
Soda has high acidity and sugar, which can destroy enamel. Also, sugar remaining in the oral cavity will become the food for bacteria. There is a high chance that carries in the mother will be transmitted to the baby through saliva, causing the risk of carries in the baby.