Caffeine during pregnancy – What you should know

Caffeine during pregnancy

Yes, you can have caffeine, but like a lot of things in your pregnancy, do so in moderation. Experts suggest that pregnant women have no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. wThis works out to about 2 cups of coffee, 4 cups of tea or 5 cans of coke per day.

What is the safe amount of caffeine during pregnancy?

There’s no concrete research. But what has been done suggests that more than 200mg intake of caffeine per day when pregnant could risk your baby being of lower birth weight, or lead to miscarriage or even birth defects, like a cleft palate.

What is the effect of caffeine during pregnancy in your body?

Caffeine acts as a stimulant. It ramps up your heart rate and metabolism, which could in turn affect your unborn baby. The fact is that constant stress isn’t healthy, but the brief elevation of stress that your baby would feel, such as after you drink a cup of coffee, will not cause him any harm. It’s like you running to catch a bus or just another situation that briefly boosts your heart rate.

Is it safe to have coffee during pregnancy?

Coffee drinkers can agree that coffee is certainly addictive. The detrimental effects of being addicted to coffee aren’t just for your baby. Coffee in uncharted amounts can cause headaches, insomnia, jitteriness and insomnia. It's also a diuretic. This means it drains your body of water, fluids and calcium. You need all of those to have a healthy pregnancy. Studies have shown that tea could hamper your body's ability to absorb iron, especially when it is drunk an hour before or after a meal. When it comes to your pregnancy, exercise caution. It’s better to be safe than sorry.