Craving a cocktail, or bored with water? Circle of Moms members have shared great beverage ideas for moms who are avoiding drinking alcohol and caffeine while pregnant or breastfeeding. Below, six of their top picks for non-alcoholic refreshments. Cheers!
1. Decaf Iced Tea
“I'm kind of a tea nut,” shares Alyssa R., “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 faves. Perfect for summer!”
2. Ginger Ale
If you’re cutting out caffeinated soda and looking for a replacement, many moms recommend ginger ale, which is naturally caffeine free and can also help with nausea. As Tiffany W. shares, "I drank a lot of ginger ale when I was pregnant. It was the only thing that would settle my stomach. My doctor said it was OK." Do watch your sugar intake, though — 8 fluid ounces of ginger ale contains 24 grams of sugar.
3. Club Soda with Fruit Juice or Flavored Syrup
If you’re in the mood for bubbles but are steering clear of champagne, these fizzy and fruity non-alcoholic beverages may be a refreshing and satisfying treat. “I love club soda over ice with a little splash of...vanilla syrup," shares Alyssa R. “Fruit juice and club soda over ice is simple, too. About a 1-to-1 ratio is good."
4. Flavored Waters
It's so important to stay hydrated when you're pregnant or nursing, but drinking plain water all day long can admittedly get a little dull. To make H2O a little more exciting, Dana K. suggests squeezing in some lime or lemon, Jennifer C. recommends Crystal Light singles, and Julie A. shares a slightly more complex concoction: “I fill up a pitcher of water, 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, a few mint leaves, and a lemon and cucumber sliced. Better if chilled overnight. Great flavor, refreshing, and healthy. Sounds like an odd combo, but it is great!
5. Non-alcoholic Wine
Another alternative to drinking regular wine while pregnant or breastfeeding is to seek out non-alcoholic versions. Krista E. shares: “Why not explore some of the really great non-alcoholic wines out there? It could be that it's the ritual/act of having a glass of wine that you find relaxing, and not the alcohol itself.”
6. Non-alcoholic Beer
If you’re craving the taste of beer, Joanna G. points our that there are many non-alcoholic options. “I find O'Doul's to be a great substitute if you're needing the relaxation. I crave beer when I'm pregnant, just the taste of it, so half an O'Doul's makes me very happy, especially in this heat." Krista E. agrees: “The superstore makes this really great non-alcoholic red ale, and it was just SO nice to sit out on the deck in the summertime with my feet up and a cold beer in my hand.” Do note, however, that beers labeled non-alcoholic do have a slight amount of alcohol — less than 0.5% of its volume.
What's your favorite non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverage?