All women who have had a child or are currently expecting one understand there’s a long list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to what you should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy. Some of those food items can be difficult to give up (i.e. your favorite sushi roll, a glass of wine in the evening, etc), but a recent study shows your favorite fizzy beverage may deserve a place on that list….
The objective of the study was “to examine associations of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and another beverage intake during pregnancy with adiposity in mid-childhood.”
In short, the amount of soda you consume during pregnancy could be linked to childhood obesity down the road.
The study was comprised of eight different obstetric offices that were a part of Atrius Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Massachusetts and had recruited 1,078 mother-child pairs. Throughout the study, checkups were regularly held with the mother during pregnancy, and then later with the child through age seven and a half.
Of all the children they observed, 25 percent fell into the category of obese or overweight by mid-childhood, and mothers who drank two or more sodas per day during the second trimester were most likely to have a child fall into this category.
Moral of the story? Just avoid soda for those months. It may seem like a lot, but not only does your child not need it, you really don’t need it either. Even in the womb, you can start teaching your child about healthy eating habits. We promise you won’t regret it.