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An occasional soft drink is not likely to do you any harm. But research has raised concerns about both diet soda and regular soft drinks during pregnancy. To be on the safe side, you may want to limit the amount of soda you drink.
One large study of more than 60,000 pregnant women found that those who drank more than one artificially sweetened or sugar-sweetened beverage a day had an increased risk of preterm delivery.
A smaller study of about 3,000 women showed that those who drank artificially sweetened beverages every day during pregnancy were more likely to have babies who were overweight at age 1.
These findings are not definitive and experts are continuing to study the topic.
Another reason to limit your intake, though, is that many sodas contain caffeine. During pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that you keep your caffeine consumption below 200 milligrams a day. (Most 12-ounce soft drinks contain 35 to 55 milligrams of caffeine.)
It's a good idea to drink plenty of water during pregnancy. Milk and 100 percent fruit juice are good choices, too, for both hydration and nutrition.