Relaxation drinks to enjoy during pregnancy
What is a Relaxation Drink?
Many would say alcoholic beverages are their version of a relaxation drink but when pregnant, a relaxation drink would refer to a non-alcoholic beverage that is made from organic ingredients that would soothe the consumer. Some relaxation drinks do contain active ingredients like valerian or melatonin, which can cross the placental barrier, which separates the womb (and the baby) from the mother’s blood circulation. Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe for your baby.
So what can I drink?
Pasteurized milk is a great choice for mothers who aren’t lactose-intolerant, as it contains carbohydrates, protein, essential vitamins and minerals, which would benefit the baby in terms of bone development. An alternative for those who are lactose intolerant would be to opt for soy instead, so long as the packaging states that calcium has been added.
While dairy may not be the first choice for some, herbal tea is a go-to for many others. An example would be caffeine-free rooibos tea which is filled with antioxidants. Women who suffer from morning sickness have shared that they drink either peppermint or ginger tea to reduce the symptoms. A “miracle tea” that is proven effective during a painful period like delivery, would be to drink red raspberry leaf tea, as it regulates muscle contractions efficiently.
In the case that you may be having indigestion, drink lemon water – packed with Vitamin C and reduces bloatedness and nausea. If you’re not a fan of sour drinks, add a dash of salt, which also will balance the electrolytes in your body.
Smoothies are great relaxation drinks that are not only great on a hot day but also to fill up your stomach for when you do not have the appetite to chew on food. The best part about it is that smoothies can be made from your own personal choice of ingredients, from fruits to vegetables. Not only is this a smart way to get your daily fill of healthy fibres and vitamins for those who don’t like having it in the natural form, smoothies have also been proven to really brighten up your mood.
Anything to Avoid?
As much as coffee is a must-have morning fuel for most, some are drinking more than 3 cups a day, you will have to scale down for the next 9 months. Pregnant women are allowed a maximum consumption of 150 mg – 300 mg of caffeine per day, so this is also inclusive of caffeinated teas and sodas. There is no sufficient evidence that proves caffeine can affect a baby’s movement or sleep pattern. It is only a theoretical concern that caffeine can cross the placental barrier and will be poorly eliminated during the third trimester (stored longer in the mother’s system), causing the baby to poorly metabolise caffeine until the age of 3 months old.
Kombucha has many health benefits for you as an adult and while it isn’t acknowledged as alcohol, it contains up to 0.5% of it. Research has shown that even the slightest amount of alcohol can be harmful to a foetus that is developing. Moreover, most kombuchas are unpasteurized, meaning that the bacteria can be harmful to the pregnant mother.
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