Best non-alcoholic drinks for pregnancy

IIf you love your nightly (or weekly) sips and you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it’s helpful to know what’s out there in the realm of safe non-alcoholic beverages before, during and after pregnancy. Since alcohol (apart from casual glass of red wine) is not advised during pregnancy, these drinks will help fill the void if you find yourself with a specific craving.

“Most non-alcoholic beverages are uniquely crafted and may include something vague like ‘natural flavors’ on the ingredient label,” says the celebrity chef and nutritionist. Serena Poon. “Some herbs to watch [and avoid] include: sage, thyme, oil of oregano, lavender, safflower and comfrey. »

If you can’t find any information on the label or online, Poon recommends emailing the manufacturer asking for information about specific ingredients or pregnancy safety. Another option is to go directly to your doctor with the non-alcoholic beverages you hope to incorporate into your pregnancy routine. They will be able to approve or reject the concoctions.

Now that the talk of safety is over, it’s time to discover the best non-alcoholic cocktails, spirits and more.

Best non-alcoholic drinks for pregnancy

1. Best non-alcoholic spirits

More non-alcoholic spirits are hitting the market and as a result the flavor profiles are only getting better, making them all the closer to the real thing.

“It definitely depends on the brand and your preferences, but non-alcoholic spirits usually don’t taste the same as real ones, but often very, very close,” says Poon. “In my opinion, a non-alcoholic spirit is not necessarily meant to be an exact replica of the alcoholic version, but provides a basis for being able to participate in your social and relaxation rituals without the negative effects (hangovers, questionable decisions, etc. ).” Plus, they’re usually completely fine to consume if you’re pregnant.

If you have any concerns, again, consult your doctor. But if and when you feel comfortable participating, consider the non-alcoholic spirits below (as well as Poon’s top non-alcoholic cocktail hints).

If you like a good Bloody Mary, try a blank version.

This non-alcoholic cocktail packed with nutrients from tomato juice, like lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant, and all the extra toppings, like celery sticks (high in fiber!), horseradish (antioxidant properties!), and garlic (supports immune function!),” she exclaims.

If you like Palomas, try a non-alcoholic version.

Made with freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, sparkling water and non-alcoholic tequila, a paloma non-alcoholic cocktail is a great option for getting a delicious dose of vitamin C,” says Poon. “It’s always a good idea to drink them in moderation as the sugar content of freshly squeezed juice can add up.”

Dreaming of a martini? Make one without the alcohol.

“A Dirty Martini contains olive juice, which is high in the antioxidant vitamin E,” says Poon. “A dirty martini would also cover up any flavor differences with your non-alcoholic vodka or gin.”

Fancy a seasonal mocktail? Try a spiced apple cider with non-alcoholic rum or whiskey.

Cider can be a bit high in sugar (and I would definitely skip any added sugar), but I love the spice in this drink,” admits Poon. “Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice all offer wonderful health benefits by providing anti-inflammatory properties to support heart health and more.”

That said, she points out that some believe nutmeg is dangerous during pregnancy, so it’s best to consult your doctor or skip it altogether if you’re expecting.

Do you miss your mule days in Moscow? Moscow mule mocktails are one thing.

“I like this non-alcoholic cocktail for its fresh spices,” says Poon. “Moscow mules contain fresh ginger and mint, each of which may support digestive function. Instead of using simple syrup or added sweetener, I make my Moscow Mullet Mocktails with ginger flavored sparkling water.

2. Best non-alcoholic beer

Like regular beer, non-alcoholic beer contains hops. “Hops contain phytoestrogens, so some experts say to avoid hops during pregnancy,” says Poon.

That said, it’s up to you to talk with your doctor about what’s best for you during your pregnancy. If you find that non-alcoholic beer is allowed, see some options below to consider.

3. Best non-alcoholic wine

The wine is made with fermented grapes. Non-alcoholic wine is made with grapes that have not yet fermented or with grapes that have been fermented and then dealcoholized. This is done by reverse osmosis and vacuum distillation.

Although most of the alcohol is removed, it is common for there to be traces of the fermentation process, but it is comparable to that of kombucha, which is safe to drink during pregnancy. Either way, there are plenty of non-alcoholic wines (which are basically fancy grape juice) to choose from. See below for some options.

Are mocktails healthier than cocktails?

Not necessarily! “Alcohol can be really hard on your body– studies have shown that it can lead to inflammation, destruction of the gut microbiome, liver, heart and neurological problems, and even cancer,” says Poon. That said, she points out that mocktails often contain a lot of added sugar.

Eating too much sugar can lead to inflammation, cardiovascular problems, weight gain, and other conditions,” says Poon. “One is not necessarily better than the other – the important thing is that you minimize your alcohol consumption when you are not pregnant (and avoid it during pregnancy) and that you be aware of what goes into your mocktails and cocktails.”

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