During pregnancy there are plenty of things you should give up, most of which are bad habits such as smoking, alcoholic beverages and similar. With all the necessary precautions, it’s often difficult for pregnant women to really give up on such habits, eating only vegetables and fruits and drinking only water. However, you should know that aside from the obviously harmful products such as tobacco, there really isn’t a lot of regularly consumed products you should give up. One of these is definitely coffee, which is a product going back and forth in terms of health advantages and disadvantages, which only get multiplied during pregnancy. In this article we’ll discuss a popular issue about should you have coffee during pregnancy or not and to what extent.
Do I need to completely give up on food and beverages containing caffeine?
All or nothing is easy – discipline is all about moderation. Therefore, the answer to this question is – not necessarily. You can and should still enjoy your favorite caffeine beverages as long as you don’t go overboard with them. After years of contrary opinions and researches, scientists have finally agreed that if you drink less than 300 mg of caffeine daily there are no adverse effects to be experienced by your baby. This amount represents about one cup of coffee per day. Of course, this depends on how strong you make your coffee, so there are no exact measurements to be mentioned. As long as you don’t push the 300 mg caffeine daily limit, you shouldn’t worry one bit.
How dangerous it is to drink too much coffee during pregnancy then?
Nobody can tell for sure. Some studies have confirmed that women who are consuming over 300 mg of caffeine per day have a subtly higher risk of spontaneous abortion. Extremely high amounts of caffeine have an effect which causes premature delivery, which is very important for cases where there already is an apparent risk. Other studies show that babies delivered by women who consumed caffeine in excess of 500 mg per day have a higher heart rate and tend to breathe more dynamically a couple of days after delivery. Even though this is not an official research, it’s common sense to reduce the amount of coffee to less than 300 mg per day, especially if you consume tea or chocolate during the day which also have subtle caffeine percentage in them.
Foods and beverages that contain caffeine
Cup of filtered coffee 100 – 300 mg
Cappuccino 40 – 70 mg
Cup of green tea 8 – 30 mg
Cup of cacao 3 – 30 mg
Milk chocolate 100 g 10 – 60 mg
Chocolate syrup 50 mL 5 mg
A lot of women usually experience reduced desire to drink coffee during the first trimester of their pregnancy when there is a high frequency of morning sicknesses. During that period as well as afterwards you might want to try caffeine-free beverages or try to reduce caffeine in products you make at home, simply put less coffee in your drink.