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Can you drink diet soda while pregnant?

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It is best to drink diet soda in moderation during pregnancy or omit it altogether. WebMD states that drinking artificially sweetened carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks potentially puts pregnant women at risk for preterm delivery.

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A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that pregnant women who drank at least one diet soda a day were 38 percent more likely to deliver their babies early compared to women who refrained. The risk increased to 78 percent when four or more diet soft drinks were consumed daily.

Limit caffeine consumption during pregnancy to 200 milligrams per day. The artificial sweeteners found in diet soda are potentially harmful; certain sweeteners, such as saccharin, have caused birth defects in studies with lab rats. The American Pregnancy Association recommends discussing the risks of artificial sweeteners with a health care provider to determine which to avoid during pregnancy.

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