Before I became pregnant again I was drinking soda often now I find myself drink mountain dew a lot I feel like it helps with the nausea I've tried stopping anf a few days soda free I was wanting it so bad and cant stop. What should I do?
Your craving for diet soda could be because of the hormonal impact of your pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of hormones gone wild: the increases in estrogen, progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin lead to insomnia, mood disturbances and food cravings. At the very least, pregnant women have abnormal taste and smell perception, which leads to the intense desire for some foods and aversion to others. The nausea that you are experiencing is because of the pregnancy, and carbonated water often soothes this.
But you could also be experiencing an addiction to the diet soda. Diet soda contains three very addictive ingredients: sugar, salt and caffeine. Depending on the size of your can of soda, you could be ingesting from 12 to 22 teaspoons of sugar in your soda. Often sugar is used to mask the huge amounts of salt in your soda. Even if you are drinking DIET soda,there is scientific research which has shown that this is just as addictive as sugar. Rats have chosen saccharine over cocaine. The large amounts of sugar, salt and caffeine are of course unhealthy for you and your baby.
Do you think you might have an addiction to diet soda? This is quite possible. The following are questions that you use to determine if you may be a food addict. If you ascertain that you are, have a look at this post on my website: addictions unplugged.com, about diet soda addiction.
And remember, the way to combat addiction is to eliminate the trigger - in your case, diet soda. You can drink carbonated water instead to quell your nausea.
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