After discovering you are pregnant, it’s likely you’ve had to make some changes to what you eat and drink.
Some changes, for example cooking meat until well done or giving in to certain pregnancy cravings, are easier than others.
But if you like the occasional alcoholic drink, you may be a little worried that you’re going to be in for a long and potentially boring nine months.
However, the truth is there are plenty of fun and exciting drink options out there for pregnant women, especially as mixologists and alcohol brands are coming up with great tasting non-alcoholic variants.
So let’s take a look at what to drink during pregnancy besides water, with our list of the best non alcoholic drinks for pregnancy.
Best Alcohol Free Drinks For Pregnancy
From beers to wine, champagne and zero proof spirits, here’s our list of the best alcohol free drinks for pregnant women.
Best Beer & IPA
Athletic Brewing Company Craft Non-Alcoholic Beer
Crisp and clean, this beer is a blend of five Northwest hops that combine to create an approachable taste profile, with only 65 calories per can.
Guinness Irish Dry Stout Draught Non-Alcoholic NA Beer
Guinness 0.0 is specially brewed to retain the characteristic flavours of Guinness Draught.
The alcohol has been gently removed to give you the same creamy, smooth Guinness taste many of us know and love, but in a non-alcoholic version.
Best White Wine
Pierre Chavin Perle Blanc Alcohol-Free 0.0% Sparkling White Wine
Reassuringly this alcohol-free sparking wine is not too sweet, meaning it’s a good substitute for the real thing.
Best Red Wine
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Non-alcoholic Wine
Ariel oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black currants, cherry, blueberries and chocolate, with soft tannins and a dry finish.
Enjoy with manchego, carne asada, Texas chili or wood-fired pizza, which are all incidentally ideal food to serve at a baby shower.
TÖST Rosé All-Natural Alcohol Free Sparkling Beverage
An all-natural, dry, alcohol-free sparkling beverage with white tea, white cranberry, and ginger.
TÖST drinks aren’t overly sweet, so expect crisp citrus with a refreshingly dry finish.
Sutter Home Fre Brut Non-alcoholic Champagne Wine
A fragrant bouquet of green apple and ripe pear is balanced by a crisp palate of apple and strawberry.
This bubbly is beautifully balanced with a dry, refreshing finish.
Monday Zero Alcohol Gin
Are you a fan of classic cocktails like a G&T, Negroni or Martini and sad these are off the menu during your pregnancy?
Try substituting this non-alcoholic gin, which is best enjoyed mixed in a drink, and designed to be the perfect swap-in anytime a recipe calls for London Dry Gin.
Best Tequila Alternative
Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative
Created to give all the flavor, aroma, and bright fire of tequila, without the alcohol.
Earthy blue agave, tropical guava, Mexican lime, and sea salt give way to a smoky mesquite finish and the clean spice of traditional tequila.
Mix into a classic margarita, or swap into your favorite tequila cocktail to create a non-alcoholic version.
Best Bourbon Alternative
Lyre’s American Malt Non-Alcoholic Spirit – Bourbon Style
Created to capture the flavor of a classic American Bourbon, this spirit drink is often said to taste like a watered-down whiskey.
That description might put some people off, but if you like a less intense flavor or something to add into a mocktail, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Best General Spirit Alternative
Seedlip Spice 94 – Non-alcoholic Spirit
One of the pioneers of the category, this non-alcoholic spirit is made from six botanicals and spices.
Enjoy notes of Allspice, Cardamom & Grapefruit, all of which make great options when mixing cocktails at home.
Can Pregnant Women Drink Non Alcoholic Beer or Non-Alcoholic Wine?
The choice regarding whether or not to consume non-alcoholic drinks comes down to personal preference and what you are comfortable with.
For this reason you certainly should not take this article as a recommendation that you should drink alcohol during your pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
It’s definitely worth noting that studies reveal alcohol-free drinks may contain higher ethanol levels than what is indicated on their labels.
For example, one study found that 13 out of 45 beverages that claimed to be alcohol-free or low alcohol actually contained ethanol levels that were higher than what was declared on the label.
Some brands that even claimed to have an alcohol content of 0.0% actually had levels of up to 1.8%.
This is concerning, because there is no known safe level of alcohol intake in pregnancy, and experts recommend pregnancy women refrain from consuming alcohol during their pregnancy.
So pregnant women should be aware that if they are thinking of drinking a non-alcoholic beer on non-alcoholic wine, their chosen beverage may contain some alcohol, despite the label stating the drink is alcohol-free.
You may therefore want to check out our list of the best mocktails for pregnant women, because none of these recipes contain non alcoholic beer, wine or spirits.
What Is The Best Alcohol To Drink When Pregnant?
As you can probably tell by now, the question of what’s the best alcohol to drink when pregnant is a trick question.
This is because there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant.
Some women wonder what to drink while pregnant in their first trimester, but in terms of timing, there is no safe time for alcohol use during pregnancy, and all types of alcohol are equally harmful, and that includes all wine, beer and of course spirits.
If you are wondering why, it’s because alcohol in mom’s blood can be passed to a baby through through the umbilical cord.
Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, so this is why experts recommend pregnant women avoid all forms of alcohol during their pregnancy.
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