Caffeine And Pregnancy

Caffeine is not only found in coffee but also in other beverages such as tea (green tea included), cocoa, soft drinks, root beers and energy drinks. There are also some over-the-counter medications for example headache, cold/flu and allergy medications that contain caffeine, so make sure you check with your doctor before taking any kind of medicine. Too much caffeine during pregnancy may lead to your baby being born with a low birth weight leading to health problems later in their life. It can also result in miscarriage.

Milk, fruit juice, decaffeinated tea and water are healthy alternatives during pregnancy. Limit caffeine intake to less than 200mg/day which is the equivalent of 1 small mug of instant coffee/ 1 mug of tea/ 1 can of cola. Fizzy drinks actually increase heart burn so if you want to avoid the discomfort then cut them out completely. You won’t regret it!

2 Responses to "Caffeine And Pregnancy"

  1. RutendoMadise   November 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Hie!

    Thank you for your question as I’m sure it might have crossed the minds of other mothers.

    When you consume caffeine, a small percentage, about 1% enters your bloodstream and ultimately ends up in breastmilk. You new born baby cannot process caffeine yet for about 3-4months, so it would be in your baby’s best interests to cut down on caffeine or eliminate it from your diet.

    However, if you are concerned about whether caffeine intake might result in your baby being restless, irritable or losing sleep, worry not as no study has yet proven a correlation between caffeine intake and such behaviour. This means if you are consuming caffeine and you are worried about this, lay your fears to rest.

    In addition, caffeine also dehydrates your body. When you are nursing, you require alot of fluid in order to produce breastmilk. Therefore, try to limit caffeine intake if you cannot eliminate it.

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  2. NaZohzoh
    NaZohzoh   November 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    What about Caffeine when breastfeeding? Is that safe?

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