So I googled "Coca Cola while pregnant" to find out what the deal is with caffeine products and pregnancy. I had heard you should limit your intake, but I wasn't sure if it was dangerous or just not the best idea (like surviving on donuts the whole time, for instance. Well, that might actually be more than a bad idea).
Before I get to the "real" answers to this important question, I want to share some funny responses I found.
Q: So i've heard different things about drinking coca cola as well as other beverages with caffeine in it. I will be 28 weeks on tomorrow (Monday), is it ok to drink a cup of coke a day?
A: It's the only thin I drank during my both pregnancy[sic]!!
Q: Is drinking coca cola safe for a pregnant woman?
A: I'm not to sure that it is safe for anybody to drink.
Q: Is Coca Cola ok when pregnant?
A: NO it can cause baby's head to drop off
The last one is my favorite. I laughed pretty hard at that. Its also sad, though, because someone is going to read that and really believe it. Good grief!
On to the real stuff...
from The American Pregnancy Association:
Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases your blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are not recommended during pregnancy. Caffeine also increases the frequency of urination. This causes reduction in your body fluid levels and can lead to dehydration.
Avoiding caffeine as much as possible is your safest course of action. If you must get your fix, it is best to discuss this with your health care provider to make the healthiest choice for you and your baby.
It seems to be that a little bit every now and then is probably fine. Pregnant women don't usually avoid a bit of chocolate or tea, so the caffeine in one can of coke per day may end up at a similar level.
A further issue with coke, however, is that it probably wouldn't be considered part of a "Real Food" diet, seeing as it is full of unhealthy chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. Darn it!