You can't help noticing that the grocery store shelves are filled with energy drinks, which are sometimes called meal-replacement drinks. The truth is that these drinks don't make sense for the average pregnant woman. And they are no match for a real meal; some of them contain nearly as much sugar as soda.
It's fine to grab one occasionally if you don't have time to eat a meal, but don't rely on them. For a fast meal, you're better off reaching for a container of yogurt, a couple of slices of whole wheat bread, and an apple. Or make your own energy drink by blending skim milk or yogurt with soft fruit such as cantaloupe, peaches, strawberries, apricots, raspberries, or blueberries. Pour it into a thermos you can take in the car or to work.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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