Pregnant or not, it’s always good to have a handy resource with alcohol-free beverages. I just had my 3rd baby and am still nursing, so honestly, drinking alcohol is one of the last things I want to do right now.
Normally, alcohol can dehydrate you and cause a host of unnecessary headaches but consuming it while pregnant puts your baby at risk of developing physical or mental problems that damage or affect their growth. Heavy alcohol use may also lead to miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth.
Though I didn’t miss it that much while I was pregnant, it was nice being able to have a fun beverage every now and then. Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you need to feel left out at social gatherings or deny yourself a cocktail at dinnertime (alcohol-free, of course). Varying your drinks routine while pregnant is also a great way to mix things up so that you have the motivation to stay hydrated.
There are some great books out there focusing solely on alcohol-free beverages for pregnant women. Most of them promote the use of healthy ingredients to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The books are also great for those avoiding alcohol for different reasons, like trying to conceive and postpartum. It’s still important for all moms to maintain a low-sugar diet with minimally processed foods. Having guides like these makes it easy to stay on track.
The best pregnancy drink books
Here’s a collection of books focusing on drinks that pregnant women can consume. Ranging from mocktails to smoothies, the recipes are also kid-friendly. So, there is really something for everyone in this collection.
1. Drinking for two: Nutritious mocktails for the mom-to-be
Drinking for two: Nutritious mocktails for the mom-to-be was written by registered dietitian Diana Licalzi so you know that each recipe reflects a healthy mindset. The book is sorted by cocktail group and only utilizes health-conscious ingredients, such as coconut water, 100% fruit juice, seltzer, and vinegar.
Vinegar?! Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Ingredients like this are what I really love about the book. For example, adding some apple cider vinegar (ACV) to “No Way Rose” not only brings the health benefits of ACV but also imparts the acidity you would normally get from wine.
Licalzi deserves major props for writing a book that caters to such fine details. Another perk is that some of the cocktails are said to help with nausea.
2. Preggatinis™: Mixology for the mom-to-be
Natalie Bovis Nelsen, a professional mixologist, was included in the “Four Women Leading the Liquor Industry” list. She used her passion and knowledge to write a book with flavor, fun, and pregnant women in mind. Nelsen speaks as though she’s your best friend (which most bartenders do, right?).
Due to the author’s wealth of knowledge, the book does use some traditional bar ingredients that you might not have laying around (bitters, for example). So, be prepared to swing by the liquor store before making some of these recipes.
A fun thing about Preggatinis is that the author gives tips on how to make the drinks with liquor should you want to serve one to a person who’s not avoiding alcohol. It’s a great gift for someone who wishes to join the party while steering clear of the real cocktails.
3. Super drinks for pregnancy
Let’s shift direction a bit. This book focuses less on mocktail recipes and more on drinks that supply nutritional elements necessary for pregnant women.
Super drinks for pregnancy by Fiona Wilcock is a book filled with smoothies, juices, teas, soups, and more to help fill the gap when you’re not feeling up to eating a full meal. This book is focused on a liquid diet, not just drinks—a great concept for pregnant women.
Some moms-to-be have a hard time eating solid foods and whole meals, especially during the 1st trimester. These recipes will help pregnant women meet the nutritional needs of both themselves and their growing babies.
The book also features full-color photographs, which, in my opinion, is always a plus when it comes to cookbooks. Along with the photographs are detailed storage information, seasonal recipes, and advice on the best equipment to use for the recipes.
4. Mocktail party: 75 Plant-Based, Non-Alcoholic Mocktail Recipes for Every Occasion
Mocktail Party is written by 2 registered dietitians. The book pays attention to avoiding processed drinks and sugar. Another perk is that most of the ingredients can be found right at your local grocery store.
The book features recipes for any time of the day or the year. For example, the “No Bull Bloody” is a fun, alcohol-free Bloody Mary alternative to have during brunch. Also, when it starts to get a bit chilly outside, you can go with delicious recipes such as “Pumpkin Spice Latte” and “Warm Cider and Sage.”
Are you pregnant and craving sweets? There are tasty recipes for dessert drinks as well, and they don’t need loading up with sugar. They are, of course, alcohol-free, so if you already have kids, they will love these are no-sugar-added drinks.
5. Baby proof: Mocktails for the mom-to-be
Baby Proof by Nicole Nared-Washington is listed among the “Best Books for Expecting Mothers” on Amazon. It’s a great resource for alcohol-free drinks, whether you are pregnant or not. You can enjoy these with your kids, too.
It’s a collection of traditional drink recipes as well as innovative alcohol-free drinks. Featuring easy-to-find, fresh ingredients, these recipes come together to create delicious drinks that anyone can enjoy. There are no complicated syrups or sugary sodas in this book.
The recipes are easy, really colorful, and tasty. Examples include Pear and Ginger Spritzer and Mixed Berry Sangria. If you’re looking for a great gift or an affordable pregnancy drink book for yourself, this one comes highly recommended.
6. Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason
If you’re a serious foodie who loves a great beverage but avoids alcohol, this is the one for you. Good Drinks by Julia Bainbridge is a sleek, stylish book that is definitely not geared towards pregnant women but is perfect for anyone avoiding alcohol.
Bainbridge is a former editor at Bon Appetit and a James Beard Award nominee. Those credentials alone mean that she’s an expert in food and drinks. She spent a summer touring the United States, visiting bars and restaurants to find the “perfect non-alcoholic drinks.”
Her flavor combinations are unique and tasty, so much so that you won’t even care your drink is booze-free. One thing to note about this book is that the recipes may require some hard-to-find ingredients and a bit more work than some other pregnant-friendly cocktails. However, this doesn’t mean the work isn’t worth it.
7. Homemade smoothies for mother and baby: 300 healthy fruit and green smoothies for preconception, pregnancy, nursing and baby’s first years
Smoothies are a great option for pregnant women. When I was expecting, I found smoothies to be one of the best ways to ensure I was getting the proper nutrition when I wasn’t feeling up to eating entire meals. Homemade smoothies for mother and baby is an exceptional resource for those looking for pregnant and nursing-friendly smoothie ideas.
This book has a recipe for just about any ailment while pregnant. There are even recipes geared towards aiding fertility and breastmilk production. For me, one of the best things about this book is its abundance of immune-boosting recipes for when you’re pregnant. Now more than ever, it’s important for pregnant women to maintain a strong immune system.
In general, my favorite part about smoothies is that they are also kid-friendly and great in everyday life, not just when you’re a mom. They are easy to put together and can be made pretty quickly, saving time for those with hectic lifestyles
Treat yourself to a book and some mocktails
Sometimes being pregnant means that you have to change your regular habits and eventually start to feel less and less like yourself. I can attest that the same thing may happen when you become a mom. Still, some of the little things, like having a fun drink every once in a while, really do help lift your spirits (without the spirits!).
It’s fun to craft some of these mocktails, special occasion or not. I happen to think that the greatest enjoyment comes from drinking out of a fun cup. So, don’t just treat yourself to these fun beverages but feel free to go all out and buy yourself that fancy wine glass.
If you need some extra motivation and information, check out our Healthy Drink Recipes To Keep You Hydrated During Pregnancy. In this article, we talk about why it’s unsafe for pregnant women to consume alcohol and provide tips on how to stay healthy and hydrated. You can even find a few of our favorite drink recipes there.