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Can pregnant Mommy drink coffee?
You don't have to completely give up your caffeine habit when expecting a baby. It's true that in the past pregnant women have been advised to avoid coffee and other forms of caffeine entirely, but recent research has found that moderate amounts are safe as long as you take some precautionary measures.
How Much Caffeine is Safe During Pregnancy?
Current guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other experts state that it is safe for pregnant women to consume up to 200 milligrams of caffeine per day (the equivalent of one 12-ounce cup of coffee).
More than that can slightly increase your risk of miscarriage, although the evidence available is inconclusive. However, since caffeine can cross the placental barrier, most doctors recommend sticking to the 200 milligram limit.
What if you're not a coffee fanatic - but love a cup of tea in the morning? The amount of caffeine per serving varies from substance to substance, but here are some general guidelines:
- 8 ounces of brewed filter coffee: 137 mg
- 8 ounces of brewed tea: 48 mg
- 8 ounces of an energy drink: 100 mg
Remember that caffeine is also found in chocolate and soda. And while there is no need to completely avoid caffeine during pregnancy, you should be aware of how much you are consuming and be more conservative.
How much is too much
Most people get their liquid caffeine fix with a soft drink, energy drink, tea, or coffee. If you're pregnant, the American Pregnancy Organization recommends limiting your caffeine intake to 200 mg per day, and that includes foods that contain caffeine.
But how do you know if you have reached your limit? Caffeine is found below, and amounts can range from brand to preparation:
- 1 can of soft drink: 40 mg
- 1 cup of tea: 75 mg
- 1 250 ml can of energy drink: up to 80 mg
- 1 cup of instant coffee: 100 mg
- 1 cup of filter coffee: 140 mg
- Chocolate: 31 mg
- One cup of decaffeinated coffee: 12 mg
- A cup of hot chocolate: 9 mg
"Be sure to tell your doctor how much caffeine you drink or eat so they can help you get the right caffeine intake," says Dr. Svets.
Will caffeine affect my pregnancy and my baby?
During pregnancy, it may take longer for your body to metabolize caffeine. This means that you may have caffeine in your bloodstream for a while after drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages. You can hear this as caffeine clearance, which refers to how long it takes for caffeine to leave your bloodstream.
The placenta supplies your baby with food and oxygen through the umbilical cord. Because of this, your baby will be on the receiving end when drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Although there are studies with conflicting evidence, it is best to keep your caffeine intake below 200 mg.
One study found that the amount of caffeine consumed during pregnancy did not affect the baby's sleep for the first three months of life.
Researchers from the University of Pelotas studied the children of nearly 900 women who consumed caffeine while pregnant. They found that caffeine consumption during pregnancy did not affect their baby's sleep for the first three months. They also looked at women who both consumed caffeine and were breastfed and found similar results.
When it comes to breastfeeding, your baby can feel the effects of caffeine. Another study reported that babies whose mothers drank about 10 or more cups of coffee a day while breastfeeding were dominated by poor sleep patterns and restlessness. Those who drank more than 450 ml of coffee a day may have less iron in their breast milk.
"A cup of average brewed coffee contains about 137 milligrams of caffeine and the studies put all 200 milligrams as a limit," says Dr. Svets. "So if you only have one cup of brewed coffee a day, you should be fine."
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also maintains the recommendation that moderate caffeine consumption does not appear to be a major contributor to miscarriages or premature births.
Ask your doctor about caffeine during your pregnancy. A cup of coffee is usually fine, but it's best to stop drinking. It's hard to tell how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee. The total can depend on things like the brand of coffee and cup size.
Studies show that consuming more than 150-200 milligrams (about 1-2 cups of coffee) of caffeine per day during pregnancy may not be healthy. High levels of caffeine during pregnancy have been linked to problems with a baby's growth and development.
To help you cut down on caffeine:
- First, limit your coffee to one or two cups a day.
- Start mixing decaffeinated coffee with regular coffee.
- Then stop drinking the caffeinated coffee.
Don't forget that caffeine can also contain:
- other foods and beverages such as tea, chocolate, and energy drinks
- some medication