Drinking alcohol can be dangerous when you’re pregnant. Similar to drugs and smoking, alcohol is linked to a long list of health concerns, including physical and intellectual disabilities. That’s why medical professionals say no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. It’s just not worth the risk to you or your baby.
But not-drinking for two has its perks. Namely, indulging in some amazing pregnancy-friendly mocktails. Whether you’re relaxing alone or out with friends, here are five drinks that are great for pregnant moms.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends pregnant women get 1.5-2 cups of fruit a day. And when it comes to sangria, the more fruit, the better. Mix and match your favorite diced fruits — like apples, pineapples, or citrus — with some fruit juice, and set it in the fridge for a few hours for a deliciously refreshing drink that’s loaded with good vitamins to keep you and baby healthy.
Fruit juice can have a ton of sugar, so try to stick to 100 percent fruit juices — and not the no-sugar-added varieties as those tend to swap table sugar for sugary fruit juice concentrate. Then mix in a cup of water for every 1-2 cups of juice to water it down. The added juices from the diced fruits will more than compensate if you let them soak in the mixture overnight.
To make this delicious mocktail, throw some blueberries (or whatever berry you prefer!) into a blender to make a puree. Muddle up some mint leaves with a teaspoon of sugar in a glass, then squeeze a couple lime wedges, and add in the puree. Add a little ice, some club soda, a good stir and — voila! — a baby-safe mojito with a whole cup of fruit inside. As an added bonus, berries are lower in sugar than many other fruits, making it a great mocktail for those trying to watch their weight gain.
A virgin bloody mary (Virgin Mary) doesn’t just go well with brunch. The tomato juice used in the bloody mary mix has some good vitamins and minerals inside, too, and the garnishes can be sources of fiber. To make this drink, mix some tomato juice with a little bit of lemon juice, a dash of both Worcestershire sauce and your favorite hot sauce, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then top it off with your favorite garnishes like celery, pickles, olives, or cherry tomatoes.
If drinks were families, frozen lemonades would be the margarita’s teetotaling cousin. This frozen, fruity mocktail is refreshing and full of good-for-you fruit. To make this recipe, toss the following into a blender: a cup of your favorite lemonade, a cup of ice cubes, and some frozen strawberries and frozen or fresh bananas. If there was ever an occasion to use a twirly straw while pregnant, this is it.
This insanely easy-to-make drink has just two ingredients: pureed watermelon and lemon-lime coconut water. Watermelon contains iron — an essential nutrient during pregnancy — and the citrus in the coconut water can help your body better absorb the iron. Serve in a martini glass with a tiny umbrella, and enjoy!