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Want to Reduce Your Chances of Preterm Delivery? Stop Drinking Soda

Drinking Soda Linked to Preterm Labor

It’s not just cigarettes and alcohol that are no-nos for expecting moms. Soda and some other beverages have made the list of Pregnancy Don’ts. Find out here why these drinks are linked to preterm delivery, and let me know if you plan on cutting back on soda (or if you call it pop!).

While it seems like there’s something new to worry about every week, I can’t help but think of the days before all these guidelines. Our grandmothers and great grandmothers didn’t have nearly the amount of rules we face today when it comes to pregnancy, and our parents and grandparents seemed to turn out fine — though some people will argue that’s because there weren’t nearly as many chemicals in their foods, and I’m pretty sure I’m turning into one of those people.

The latest tidbit of damaging information I’ve come across was from Food Consumer article. According to a study released by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and covered by the news source, “Drinking artificially sweetened or sugar-sweetened beverages during pregnancy may increase the risk of having preterm delivery.”

It’s not just soda. These beverages include carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, like iced teas, coffee drinks, enhanced “water,” some juices, and other such junk masquerading as hydrating liquids.

I’m not terribly surprised by the news. I mean, who doesn’t know that soda is a high-caloric, nutrient-lacking, chemical-laden waste of a beverage? But what did surprise me was the finding that sugar-sweetened beverages were worse for pregnant women than the artificially sweetened ones — insofar as the link to preterm delivery is concerned, which doesn’t sound like good news for high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, or any other natural sugar sources.

The research found that “drinking greater than one serving of artificially sweetened beverages per day during pregnancy was associated with 11 percent increased risk for preterm delivery and drinking greater than one serving of sugar sweetened beverages per day was correlated with 25 percent increased risk of preterm delivery.”

That’s certainly a pretty big increase in risk — for either the diet (artificially sweetened) or regular (sugar sweetened) beverages. And with the effects of preterm delivery ranging from jaundice and breathing problems, to potential developmental disabilities and digestive issues, I wonder if the news will stop some pregnant women from reaching for that can of cola.

Will it stop you? I’d love to hear what — if anything — this news means to you.

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SOURCE: Food Consumer

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