Carrying a baby is a miraculous thing, yet can be quite exhausting on the mom too. Pregnant moms can’t be sitting around for 9 months, some are even working and have many tasks to accomplish in a day.
That’s when the usual cup of coffee or can of energy drink comes in handy, but now you’re with child, and you need your energy boost but how are you going to get it?
Disclaimer: most energy drink companies have strict warning against pregnant ladies and breastfeeding moms consuming energy drinks, although it is actually safe (you’ll see why below), do take precaution and consult your doctor before drinking any energy drinks while pregnant.
Energy drinks ingredients
Caffeine is the main ingredient in energy drinks that contributes to the energy boosting properties. It is beneficial not only to keep us awake, but also in stimulating our brain functions for better alertness and mental capacity.
Each of our body processes caffeine differently, some have a higher caffeine tolerance thus they can manage higher dosages without getting side effects like jitters, anxiousness or a headache.
If you’re pregnant, you’ll need to watch your caffeine intake and even though you are able to tolerate caffeine better, it doesn’t mean you can drink more during your pregnancy.
Some energy drinks are super loaded with sugar while some are zero-sugar.
Pregnant moms should not consume too much sugar to avoid excess weight gain and gestational diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners are however safe for pregnant women, but should still be consumed in moderation.
Other than caffeine and sugar, energy drinks contain many other extra ingredients that might not be the agreeable for pregnant moms.
For an instance, guarana is an added natural caffeine substance to energy drinks. 1g of guarana equals to 40mg of caffeine, and that amount is usually not accounted for in the overall caffeine content stated by the manufacturer.
Other ingredients like taurine and BCAAs are supposed to help with muscles fatigue and is beneficial for those physically active but might not be suitable for pregnant women.
However, B vitamins that are commonly present in most energy drinks can be beneficial for you and your baby. B vitamins are also the content in prenatal vitamins.
It’s therefore wise to check the ingredients list thoroughly before drinking an energy drink during your pregnancy.
Is it OK to consume caffeine when pregnant?
It’s okay to consume up to 200mg of caffeine when pregnant.
That’s half the recommended daily caffeine intake of 400mg, which I think it’s not too bad, you could still have 1 or 2 servings of your favorite caffeinated beverage.
Consuming caffeine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, both of which should be avoided during pregnancy. Caffeine is also diuretic which means you might be facing dehydration.
Also, caffeine’s stimulation effect can be felt too by the baby as caffeine gets absorbed into the placenta and enters the baby’s bloodstream. So if you’re kept awake by the caffeine you’ve consumed, so is your baby.
Caffeine isn’t only present in coffee, tea or energy drinks. Soft drinks, chocolates and some medication contains caffeine too.
In short, it’s okay to consume caffeine as long as you’re aware of you’re intake and your body and baby’s reaction towards it.
Does caffeine cause miscarriage?
Caffeine doesn’t primarily cause miscarriage, but can pose to be a threat.
Consuming more than 200mg of caffeine, can increase the risk of miscarriage, but miscarriages can also occur due to many other factors.
If you feel uncomfortable after drinking caffeine, you should quit entirely. Placing you and your baby’s health is of utmost importance, for a duration of 9 months (more or less).
Is it safe to drink energy drinks during pregnancy?
As we’ve established that a moderate amount of caffeine is safe to be consumed during pregnancy, it’s therefore safe to consume caffeinated energy drinks too.
However, in energy drinks, there are other added ingredients that can potentially be a bit harmful for you.
If you would still like to drink energy drinks while being pregnant, make sure to pay attention to the ingredients list and choose one that has a moderate amount of caffeine and sugar.
Can I have a miscarriage by drinking energy drinks?
Miscarriages doesn’t necessarily happen due to energy drinks. Energy drinks however can be a risk, especially when consumed in excess, like if you drink strong energy drinks.
Energy drinks with caffeine content of less than 200mg should be fine, and if you consume it in moderation.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has stated that high caffeine content is not the major contributing factor to miscarriages, but you should still consult your doctor in regards to drinking energy drinks.
How to boost energy when pregnant?
Now that you shouldn’t be dependent on caffeine as your energy booster, you’ll need to find another source of energy.
It’s understandable that you’re in a state of fatigue, might not even be getting a good night’s rest and you still have tasks to complete.
Good news, moms – you’re allowed extra 300 calories a day when pregnant! Here’s a free weight gain pass, in order for you to gather energy for you and your little one.
To gain natural energy just through eating right, you should eat proteins, complex carbs and of course don’t forget your fruits and vegetables.
Can you drink Red Bull while pregnant?
Yes, you can drink Red Bull energy drink while pregnant.
An 8.4 fl. oz can of Red Bull contains 80mg of caffeine, which is a pretty decent amount for pregnant mothers.
In fact, Red Bull themselves have said that pregnant women can drink Red Bull preferably with a 200mg caffeine limit.
However, a can of Red Bull also contains 27g of sugar and 110 calories. Those are unhealthy amounts, whether you’re pregnant or not.
You might want to reconsider drinking Red Bull and opt for other healthier energy drinks.
What energy drinks are safe during pregnancy?
You should pay close attention to the ingredients list if you’re going to drink energy drinks during pregnancy.
Preferably, choose one with less than 200mg of caffeine. I personally prefer ones with less than 100mg of caffeine as I have a lower caffeine tolerance.
Also, look out for energy drinks with little to none sugar and calories, for your general health and pay attention to the extra ingredients. If it’s something foreign, you might want to skip that brand until further research.
Energy drinks and breastfeeding
After you’ve delivered your baby, you might be breastfeeding your child and I’m sure you have your doubts on whether you can consume energy drinks while breastfeeding.
As with pregnancy, you can also consume energy drinks in moderation while breastfeeding your baby.
Again the main concern would be the caffeine content, but with breastfeeding it’s much more forgiving than pregnancy because only 1% of the caffeine that the mom consumes goes into her breast milk, and that 1% is a super tiny amount to “harm” your baby.
For further information on breastfeeding and energy drinks, you can refer to my previous post where I’ve written about it in detail.
Best energy drinks
Here are some recommended energy drinks that I think could be suitable for you to drink while you’re pregnant, you should however read the ingredients list in detail before consuming them.
Mountain Dew Kickstart
Mountain Dew Kickstart has 92mg of caffeine, 20g of sugar and 80 calories. If you’re not a fan of the high sugar, there are 2 sugar-free flavors:
- Ultra Energizing Original Dew
- Diet Mountain Dew
It’s also fairly affordable, which costs it about $1.30 per 16 fl.oz can.
You can get it from Amazon.
XS Energy Drink
XS Energy Drink contains 80mg of caffeine, 10 calories and zero sugar. It seems like a pretty decent amount of content for a pregnant women.
It also doesn’t contain added guarana, which means no added caffeine content. XS too has 2 caffeine-free options, something that you might prefer.
However, it’s on the more expensive price point ranging from $3 – $4 per can.
You can purchase it directly from the Amway website or on Amazon.
REIZE Energy Drink
This is my ultimate favorite one, REIZE Energy Drink as it has a very decent amount of caffeine – only 50mg. It’s also sugar-free and only has 11 calories.
REIZE can deliver the energy boost you need without having you worry much of side effects and the baby you’re carrying. With that said, do exercise caution when consuming REIZE Energy Drink.
At around $1 per drink including shipping right to your door, REIZE is definitely the most affordable energy drink option on this list.
What are you waiting for?
Give REIZE a try for yourself and you might just find that it quickly becomes your favorite energy drink during your pregnancy and maybe after as well.