I didn’t drink it but when I saw someone sipping a big cold pint of beer, I’d practically drool. I was thinking about this last night as I downed a beer with dinner. I am now officially a beer drinker. Wine, eh? Liquor, forget it, there’s no way. Pregnancy changed me.
So I thought I do a little investigating to see if other women craved beer. I googled beer craving and pregnancy the screen lit up with quotes and questions from thirsty expecting mothers. I even found this awesome quote from fellow Babble blogger Katie Allison Granju, “But I can tell you that the first thing I am going to want after the baby is born is a nice, cold, delicious pale ale. Mmmmmmm.”
Lots of discussion online revolves around the whole alcohol in pregnancy debate, but I just wanted to know what is it about beer that makes it so desirable to pregnant women? And here’s what I found:
It could be the high levels of vitamin B6 in beer that pregnant women are craving. B6 is actually important in pregnancy for the development of the baby’s developing brain and nervous system. Apparently beer used to be recommended by doctors for its high vitamin B content. Vitamin B6 is also used to help with morning sickness. According the Bavarian Brewery website beer has all the important B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E. Two pints of beer provide the following portions of daily requirements: 65% Niacin, 35% vitamin B6, and 20% vitamin B2.
Beer also has decent levels of calcium, magnesium and potassium all of which are great during pregnancy and can help prevent pregnancy-triggered night time leg cramps. Beer even has folate in it. Wow, beer is beginning to sounds like a liquid prenatal vitamin. No wonder I craved it.
Since drinking alcohol is not recommended in pregnancy, there are other ways to get vitamin B6: It can be found in beans, nuts, lean meat, fortified cereals and fish. Vitamin B6 is also in prenatal vitamins. If you take extra supplements, talk to your midwife or doctor though as excessive Vitamin B is not healthy.
But you can always try for non-alcoholic beer which, as far as I can tell, has the same nutritional values without the toxic ones.