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Diet Coke

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Newtobecomingamum Fri 26-Apr-13 00:13:03

I absolutely love diet coke and I tried my hardest to give it up when I found out I was pregnant. I have managed to cut down to one/two cans a day and try and buy the caffeine free diet coke (although this is hard as they don't usually have it in your local shop/petrol station etc and only sell the big bottles or multi-pack cans at supermarket. I try not to buy it from the supermarket as if I have bulk or a large bottle I drink it to quickly, where as buying the cans from the shop helps me to limit how much I have. I know it's terrible and bad for you. I feel so guilty when I have drunk some, I am truly addicted to the stuff. Does anyone have this or is addicted to diet coke in this way? I had it before I was pregnant, I think I got hooked during my uni days. It is like a drug and when I have it, I feel so much better and get a massive boost.

ilovevenice Fri 26-Apr-13 00:17:07

I'm not sure I'm as keen on the stuff as you, but I am a bit of an addict. When I was pregnant with my 3 DSs, I cut down to 2 cans a day. My obstetrician didn't seem bothered, particularly as I had a healthy diet otherwise. The boys are all fine.

HappyAsASandboy Fri 26-Apr-13 00:21:51

I am also addicted and drink far too much.

I did give up completely during pregnancy though. I had about three small glasses whilst eating out through the whole of my pregnancy, and then didn't drink it for ages afterwards because the habit had been broken.

Now I'm back at work, it's escalated again and it's so so hard to break the habit without pregnancy to motivate me.

It really is terrible stuff. Please think of your baby and give it up completely smile

Ruralninja Fri 26-Apr-13 00:32:00

terrible terrible stuff! cold turkey us needed!

Ruralninja Fri 26-Apr-13 00:32:15


SavoyCabbage Fri 26-Apr-13 01:03:56

It must be awful as when you are pregnant you feel bad enough without having to kick a habit too If it was me, I would read as much as I could and try to work out what exact;y it is you are addicted to. I think it's not uncommon to be addicted to Diet Coke, but it is really bad for you, as you know, so you should try to stop. You should at least switch to Coke with sugar so you are not having the sweetener.

I gave up caffeine when I was pregnant and I only have two cups of tea a day and that was hard enough so I feel for you.

gillybeandramaqueen Fri 26-Apr-13 02:27:06

Oh no!!! I was craving diet coke really badly in my first trimester (18+5 now) and was drinking quite a lot of it... I'm really worried now... :-( :-( :-(

LikeCandy Fri 26-Apr-13 03:45:28

The only caffeine I drank during pregnancy was diet coke / Pepsi max - BabyCandy turned out fine.
Obv this is only my opinion but I think it's far less of a 'sin' than coffee as the caff content is far less (60mg compared to approx 200mg) and the health issues surrounding aspartame have been shown to be greatly exaggerated - the FSA suggest acceptable daily intake of a maximum of 14 cans.
This was the choice I made - to indulge occasionally (I'm talking a can every few days) without guilt as I gave up everything else!

Fakebook Fri 26-Apr-13 07:11:28

When I was pregnant with DS, full fat coke was my craving. I drank a lot. I was a healthy weight and eating sensibly in every other way though. My DS was fine. I'm developing a craving for it again. Maybe you should discuss this with your midwife? She may have suggestions to cut down or tell you ways to cut down other caffeine products in your diet.

Alexandra6 Fri 26-Apr-13 07:18:16

I think I'd be worried about all the crap and artificial sweeteners in diet coke. Everyone is different though about where they draw the line, I'm a bit obsessive about things blush

Feelslikea1sttimer Fri 26-Apr-13 08:01:14

I mentioned this to my mw as I drink loads of the stuff (or what i thought was loads) and when I told her I had 2-3 cans a day, she shrugged it off and said that's fine.

It is more the caffeine but actually 3 cans is only about half of the recommended amount if daily caffeine.

And I'm guessing there are much worse addictions to continue with during pregnancy...


ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 08:20:50

There was an article on the radio yesterday saying that 'fizzy' drinks can give you diabetes type 2 if you have one or more can a day (sorry I can't link).

The problem is that you wouldn't have 9 spoonsfuls of sugar in your tea would you? It must change what your body craves in that a high sugar diet means you crave salty things etc.

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 08:26:01

A good substitute is elderflower or strawberry etc.cordial with sparkling water. So you just have a tablspoonful of the cordial and fill up the glass with the water.

afrikat Fri 26-Apr-13 08:46:09

I was completely the same before pregnancy but was determined to give it up - it was the aspartame that worried me more than the caffeine. At the usual times I would have a diet coke I would have a fizzy water mixed with cordial and although it was hard at first I haven't had one in months now. I don't think you should overly stress about it but if you do really want to give it up I would try substitution (start with one a day) and see how you get on

Rico08 Fri 26-Apr-13 09:22:34

We should have an organisation for Coca-Cola addicts smile

"My name is RICO08 and I'm addicted to ice cold full fat Coca-Cola"

I too was addicted to it before I got pregnant, I have drunk it through my pregnancy but have really cut down on the amount, I buy a can when I really fancy it but have not bought multipacks or the two litre bottles as it goes in no time. I did the same when I was pregnant with DS and he's fine.

I have been drinking low or sugar free dilute juices (very diluted). I know it doesn't taste of anything but I don't like plain water !

RJM17 Fri 26-Apr-13 10:22:36

I have always loved Pepsi max so I am still have that but only one or two cans a day and I have started having decaf tea so that is the only caffeine I have.
You are allowed 200mg a day whilst pregnant and there is only 40mg in a can of coke xx

photographerlady Fri 26-Apr-13 11:00:37

its the artificial sweetener which is the killer in all this. Its just filling your body with a chemical that's unnatural. I haven't touched the stuff since becoming pregnant and occasionally have a lemonade or full fat drink.

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 11:28:16

There's no 'fat' in the stuff just tons of natural or unnatural sugar; think of false teeth at age 20 or so. To put you off try drinking it warm very, very slowly grin.

I went off it big time when the enlightened manufacturers were talking about having a hot and cold water and an effing cxxx tap at your kitchen sink angry shock

photographerlady Fri 26-Apr-13 11:59:23

I say full fat as an expression cause its the slang term for it... thats what I get for trying to be hype with the kids grin

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 12:08:41

I knew that photographerlady I was being deliberately obtuse (correct word??)!

Fakebook Fri 26-Apr-13 12:44:08

coke also helps get rid of that horrible stale taste I have in my mouth because of pregnancy. The bubbles feel like they're washing the bad taste away. I think that's why I'm drinking a can or two a day again.

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 12:51:56

Sometimes a bad taste can be caused by bad teeth which are caused by, you've guessed it! cxxe or too much sugar, that also causes a low immunity BTW.

Kelly1814 Fri 26-Apr-13 13:44:36

Check out the cravings thread, there are people hoovering up all sorts of stuff which isn't exactly healthy, crisps, cheese, chocolate, in large amounts. I really wouldn't worry about a can or two of diet coke each day.

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 15:37:44

I would worry it affects yer bones as well and can make you crave the unhealthy crisps, cheese etc. Aspartame in the diet version is worse than sugar in that you can get nasty allergic spot type eczema from it.

I got that reaction from those 'healthy' Ricola sweets grin

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 15:39:43

Can you tell I'm aiming to cut their massive effing profits!!grin Like fags they're making a fortune from selling shxx.

AbiElizabeth Fri 26-Apr-13 15:42:57

I love diet coke. I used to really enjoy my diet coke and a ciggie break from uni work. I can't have the cig any more and now i've told myself I am allowed one can of diet coke a day as my treat if I get everything done on my list for the day. It originally took the taste in my mouth away better than anything, but I have started drinking ice cold fizzy water and a tiny bit of juice. It give you the tingly feeling you get from diet coke and is much better for you smile

I feel your pain though OP

Lolapink Fri 26-Apr-13 15:50:15

I gave up caffeine on the 31st December to get ready for IVF, I am now 8 weeks pregnant and haven't touched the stuff. I know it's really hard as I crave it, but try going cold turkey as its really bad for you.

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 15:55:27

This is like a slimming thread grin Congratulations AbiElizabeth and Lolapink!!!

Chloebw Fri 26-Apr-13 16:07:59

If it was that bad the human race would have died out by now (or be ageing horribly) just try and cut down smile

ppeatfruit Fri 26-Apr-13 16:23:09

Sadly there's a hell of a lot of cancer and bad health about also people dying quite young. The old ones aren't exactly running about are they?

MadBusLady Fri 26-Apr-13 16:33:05

I think (no scientific basis for this) it IS addictive, and you're quite right to think of it like a drug. I got into the habit of having a 500ml bottle with my lunch in my mid-20s and I noticed I used to get really twitchy and deprived and actually angry if the sandwich shop had run out by the time I got there. So I stopped drinking it because it was a bit weird feeling that beholden to a bottle of brown stuff, and I had a physical come-down. Sweaty, headaches, generally achey and on-edge.

I'm not sure what to suggest but I drink sparkling water now, and it's as delicious to me as coke was, so it is possible to retrain yourself. Agree squash in sparkling water might be a good transition - you could afford naice cordials with the money you save off the coke. smile

Fakebook Fri 26-Apr-13 16:40:46

I've always cut coke out of my diet to lose weight. I always knew it made. me put on unhealthy weight around my hips and stomach, and after watching The Men Who Made Us Fat on BBC2, I found out the science behind it and cut it out of my diet for good with the occasional drink here and there after DS was born. I also replaced the coke bubbly tingly feeling with sparkling water and juice, but that just makes me queasy since I got pregnant again.

My bad taste isn't caused by bad teeth. I visited the dentist last week and all was fine. It's caused by pregnancy.

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 09:54:11

Yeah you're so right about the weight. fakebook Lucky you with the dentist! Madbust There used to be real cocaine in it but I s'pose they reckon the sugars and caffeine are addictive enough now grin. IKWYM about that addicted feeling I stopped a daily cup of ground coffee because I didn't want to feel like that and a bonus was that I lost nearly a stone!

WipsGlitter Sat 27-Apr-13 10:05:49

I drank loads when pregnant! But I did give up for a New Years resolution this year and have managed so far. Cold turkey. I do really, really miss it sometimes though.

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 10:34:45

Brilliant Wips!!!

TwoTearsInABucket Sat 27-Apr-13 10:50:27

the horrible taste in your mouth is definitely not caused by bad teeth. I have the metallic taste in my mouth and its called Dysgeusia. Vinegary foods get rid of it for a while, or tic tacs.
I used to love diet coke, but the thought of all that aspartame made me stop. i have started drinking Fanta (not diet) as that seems to help the morning sickness. Tried orange and fizzy water but threw up on it and haven't enjoyed it since. Fizzy water on its own is acceptable.

brettgirl2 Sat 27-Apr-13 10:54:22

oh ffs get a grip. It's not that bad if you want to drink it then do. The diet coke police really get on my wick. In terms of the artificial sweetener you need to drink about a tanker full a day for it to be harmful according to the 'evidence'

In terms of diabetes that's the full fat one.

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 11:12:20

brett Aspartame gives me large red spots, it may not give me cancer but I'd prefer not to have eczema thanks. Some non sugar sweeteners aren't bad though. I just hate the idea of the manufacturers making enormous profits by selling non nutritive stuff that just makes people fat.

Dh was working in the states and in the board room of a large oil company was amazed to see the execs sitting with drinks of coke as opposed to water ITS NOT WATER FFS.

brettgirl2 Sat 27-Apr-13 11:18:25

Thats fine and I would also avoid in that case but somewhat irrelevant to the op as I doubt it gives her red spots.

BlackholesAndRevelations Sat 27-Apr-13 12:17:59

Agreed brettgirl. I have the occasional can. Haven't bought a multipack for a while but when I did have one, I had a can a day. Everything in moderation and all that.

Fakebook Sat 27-Apr-13 13:58:17

Ppeatfruit, I know you mean well, but you're beginning to scare monger now. I'm sure everyone is old enough and intelligent enough to make their own decisions. It's not nice telling people they have bad teeth from eating and drinking too many sugary things.

As for the aspartame topic; what a whole load of brouhaha over nothing. There isn't enough substantial evidence to prove that it causes cancer and other illnesses. There's a lot of conspiracy theories on the Internet though. Probably more than the actual story. Moderation is the key.

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 14:06:34

So dentists aren't nice then? They've been saying that for many many years !!!!! I didn't say aspartame causes cancer I said it gives ME eczema.

The very sad thing is so many people are brain washed by advertising etc. to buy the brown sugar water that its obviously unusual to hear someone saying the opposite. The manuf. don't want you to buy in moderation they want you to drink it like water BTW. Google it if you don't believe me.

Fakebook Sat 27-Apr-13 14:25:59

Are you a dentist? If you are, it's amazing how you can diagnose someone's bad teeth by not even meeting them. True talent you have there hmm.

Yes I know people are brainwashed by advertising; product placement is in films and TV programmes is not a new phenomenon. The corn syrup used in coke turns "off" the hunger controlling hormone, leptin so your brain continues to think you are hungry which causes over eating. That's why you put on weight when you drink it alongside the extra sugar.

I know all this. I am still drinking it in pregnancy because it comforts me. Am I stupid? No. I make my own choices.

Pusspuss1 Sat 27-Apr-13 14:59:02

The caffeine isn't the only issue - I read an article recently reporting on a study of the effect of artificial sweeteners in pregnancy. They found that even (e.g.) one diet coke a day meant a 40% increased chance of premature delivery, which is obviously a bad thing for the baby. I had just finished a deliciously refreshing caffeine-free DC at the time, so I felt particularly guilty! Suggest swapping to the real stuff whilst you're pregnant, if it's unavoidable. I feel your pain - that and not chewing sugar free gum is killing me!

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 15:02:59

Oh dear You don't need to be a dentist to know that sugar rots your teeth google teeth and sugar.

But you are happy and I didn't say you were stupid, you said that, that's fine there's no need to get all shirty because I say something you disagree with, enjoy your lovely diet.

AbiElizabeth Sat 27-Apr-13 15:35:57

well this is all getting very bitchy and although it is entertaining to read can we not just agree that yes diet coke is not as good for you as water. Of course it isn't good for you. In a perfect world we would all drink water and ride around on unicorns without a care in the world.

Drink what you want to drink. Telling people horror stories isn't going to make much difference and is just going to make people turn against you.

end of rant.

Fakebook Sat 27-Apr-13 16:13:26

Yes it does rot your teeth, but bad taste is not always caused by this when you're PREGNANT, and telling pregnant women on here that sugar rots your teeth and causes bad dental hygiene is quite patronising.

Oh and yes, I do disagree with you. I disagree with the way you're preaching the bad effects of coke and trying to scare people. I've said it before, women are intelligent enough to make decisions for themselves. We know coke is bad for you, we know we should cut down. We don't need someone getting evangelical about it.

I am still drinking 2 cans of sugar free red bull a day. blush

Fakebook Sat 27-Apr-13 16:29:27

SchroSaw, at least it won't rot your teeth grin.

There is that. wink

In my defence though, I wouldn't be able to stay awake without it, I have a toddler and chronic fatigue and this pregnancy was unexpected. I am still well under the caffeine limit.

Teeth are definitely still lovely though! grin

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 16:51:44

If you reread my post fake I said "sometimes" which I meant; I know there are many causes to having a bad taste in your mouth. I'm not quite sure why you 've picked on something I DIDN'T say to get upset about. hmm.

ppeatfruit Sat 27-Apr-13 16:52:43

BTW Red Bull is worse than coke grin

It's worse but it tastes yummy. wink

brettgirl2 Sat 27-Apr-13 17:25:26

sorry schro but I strongly disagree grin

jamtoast12 Sat 27-Apr-13 17:44:06

Not sure of current guidelines but 4 years ago I think you were allowed 300mg caffeine per day and a can has 40ml so as long as you are not overdoing coffee etc you'll be fine.

Brett It's at least better than coke? Coke scares me because I can't figure out what it tastes like... confused

Jam Current guidelines are still 300mg, I was shocked when I learned that as I cut all caffeine out last pregnancy and slept pretty much constantly.

BlackholesAndRevelations Sat 27-Apr-13 18:34:08

Haha! schro, wtf does red bull taste like?! grin I've been dying for a diet coke since posting on this thread!

nellyjelly Sat 27-Apr-13 18:37:31

You can get cafeinne free diet coke.

Blackholes <sips red bull and ponders> It tastes kind of err citrusy/fruity... At least I can kind of relate the taste to something else, with Coke I just don't have a clue what is going on! grin

Nelly Caffeine free diet coke sounds utterly fruitless. sad

Fakebook Sat 27-Apr-13 20:09:34

Yes I've re-read your comment:

"Sometimes a bad taste can be caused by bad teeth which are caused by, you've guessed it! cxxe or too much sugar..."

I only have one thing to say to that: No shit Sherlock.

cheekbyjowl Sat 27-Apr-13 23:57:23

newtobecoming This post is of no value, other to say i sympathize with your plight!

ppeatfruit Sun 28-Apr-13 08:10:12

Schrosaw DH cured his chronic fatigue after his doc. suggested giving up eating wheat see "Wheat Belly" by William Davis M.D. It's bleedin' amazing he's like new man grin.

Ppeat Mines is related to a genetic disorder, unfortunately diet wont help, I even tried going vegan and then fresh vegan. No joy!

Glad your DP managed to though. smile

Piffpaffpoff Sun 28-Apr-13 11:48:45

I initially gave it up as I didn't like the idea of the artificial sweeteners - switched to full fat and fruit juice and then was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I then saw a whole specialist team once a fortnight and the nutritionist within that team said it was ok to have it so I went back to diet coke in moderation.

ppeatfruit Sun 28-Apr-13 12:17:57

Oh that's a shame shrow sad but vegans do eat wheat !

Newtobecomingamum Sun 28-Apr-13 12:26:54

I've really enjoyed reading all the posts and I think there is such conflicting info out there. The way I see it is, I don't drink, smoke, eat over 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and eating all the other good recommended stuff for pregnancy, I'm fit and healthy, baby is fine and all my scans and MW appointments are all fine. What I'm going to plan to do is maybe reduce it to max 1 can a day and try really hard to make it 1 can every other day of I can. My blimmin sickness has returned at 35 weeks and I'm feeling awful : ( I suffered for the first 5 months and the diet coke really helped. Signing off to have a can, I deserve it when I'm feeling like this smile X

Fakebook Sun 28-Apr-13 14:23:56

Newtobcoming, I'm glad you've made a sensible decision. I believe you sometimes need small comforts to get through the worse parts of pregnancy. Hope you enjoy your can smile

dexterpat Mon 29-Apr-13 23:12:59

I don't drink smoke eat healthy etc apart from I drink coke!! After ds1 & 2 I was 5 stone heavier than my ideal weight - I switched to diet coke and lost 5 stone in two years - I still drink 3 cans a day I work full time need caffeine etc - I've had 2 very healthy children while drinking it and hope this one is the same - every so often a fat lady ( who is slimming) at work likes to tell me I shouldn't drink it etc - I'm 20 weeks I've put on 4 lb I'm healthy it's not perfect but I'm fine about it!!! If you want it drink it!!

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