As an expecting mother, alcohol is one of the things you should definitely cut out of your diet. But that can leave you feeling left out at parties and celebrations when everyone else is sipping mimosas and you’re left swilling apple juice. Fortunately, there’s a variety of mock cocktails (or mocktails) that can fill in for any of your favorite mixed drinks.
Here are some yummy mocktails that are perfect for expecting moms. The best part is, these aren’t just tasty, they’re also packed with helpful nutrients for your growing baby. So let’s raise our glasses to the three best baby-friendly mocktails!
The combination of these two highly nutritious foods is a match made in heaven for expecting moms. Chia is a great source of iron and calcium, which are two of your main nutritional needs during pregnancy. Your body needs to make and maintain sufficient iron to produce extra blood required for you and your growing baby. As an expectant mom, you can use chia to prevent iron deficiency. It can also help stimulate baby bone formation.
Also, blueberries are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which makes them a perfect natural option to aid digestion and prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. They’re also rich in antioxidants that can help reduce stress during pregnancy. Managing your body weight is another important thing to keep in mind during pregnancy, and blueberries can help you achieve this.
The blackberry lemon mocktail combines both great flavor and healthy nutrients. A 100-gram blackberry can give you 10.2 grams of carbohydrates, 5.3 grams of dietary fiber, 1.4 grams protein, 21 mg of vitamin C, 29 mg calcium, and other nutrients that are important for both you and your baby’s health. It helps improve your heart health, aids digestion, eye-sight, and blood vessels.
Lemons, like other citrus fruits, are healthy and safe to eat during pregnancy. Lemons are very rich in essential minerals, vitamins, and nutrients that you need both for maternal health and baby’s development. Among other things, it can help you reduce nausea, improve hydration, as well as boost immunity and fetal development.
The peach shrub is another excellent mocktail for expecting mothers. Apart from their sweet taste, peaches are a great source of dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and Vitamin C. Dietary fiber in peaches can help you maintain a healthy digestive tract during pregnancy. Vitamin C can also help with your baby’s development. And of course, we can’t overemphasize the importance of iron and potassium during pregnancy.
While these three mocktails are perfect for pregnant mothers, we recommend that you use caution when taking them. Because they’re mainly from plant sources, one of the things to be wary of is contamination, especially from pesticides. You will need to wash the fruits you use thoroughly before adding them to your drink.
While some of these mocktails are served at bars and clubs, as a pregnant mom, the best method is to prepare them yourself at home. Lastly, you should avoid taking too much of any particular ingredient. For instance, the citric acid from too much lemon can create an imbalance in your pH, causing tooth erosion and heartburn, among other things. Peaches can also produce excess heat in the body, which can cause internal bleeding and other complications for pregnancy if eaten in excess. Knowing just how much is too much is based on each individual, so it’s best to work with your primary health provider for recommendations.