My husband and I took an impromptu trip to Vermont this weekend to enjoy the beautiful weather. As a result this post is up today instead of Friday. Here’s a photo of me in front of the Equinox pond in Manchester, VT. We went on some really nice walks/easy hikes; the weather was close to 80 degrees!
Before our walk, I knew I needed some extra fuel so I grabbed an apple and some water to get me through. Here’s a photo that was taken when I didn’t realize with my fuel in hand:
Back to Pregnancy Nutrition. Another decision you are faced with making during pregnancy is what kind of sugar you will use. Artificial sweeteners: Sucralose (splenda) and Aspartame (equal) are approved during pregnancy but some people choose not to use them. Saccharin (sweet ‘n low) is of concern since it does cross over the placenta. On the other hand stevia has not been approved for pregnancy.
Coffee and Tea: If you are drinking coffee or tea, whether it is decaf or regular, what are you using to sweeten it if anything? Personally, I chose to eliminate artificial sweeteners (I used them on occasion beforehand), I didn’t feel the need to add unknown things to my body. When I have a decaf latte, I have it made with soy milk which is already sweetened or I get skim milk and sometimes I drink it as is or add one pack of real sugar. With tea, I enjoy it plain, but that’s how I’ve always had it.
Diet Soda and Drinks: This will be your personal opinion if you want to include it or not. Again for me, I gave up all diet sodas (not that I drank much before!). Besides the artificial sweetener there are lots of other chemicals that you may want to think twice about putting in your body especially during this time. If you really love your diet soda, just try to consume it in moderation.
Artificially Sweetened Yogurts & Other Foods: Read labels if you want to avoid artificial sweeteners, they are lurking in a lot of diet and light products. For example the light yogurts are sweetened with them, and I would recommend switching to plain and sweetening it yourself with fruit and a little honey or jam if you need more sweetness.
Sugar: Regular sugar is fine during pregnancy, just keep in mind that the calories do add up. Try to reduce sugar where you can. Remember pregnancy is not a time to give in just because “you can.” Trust me you will regret it afterwards if you do!
Bottom Line: Decide what you want to do and read labels carefully. As I mentioned before Stevia is not yet approved during pregnancy, and it’s starting to pop up in a lot of products.
Have you given up artificial sweeteners during pregnancy?