How Much Caffeine Is Safe During Pregnancy?

5 years ago

Caffeine  one of the most beloved stimulants, contained in a variety of drinks, foods and common over the counter medicines. In large consumption, it could pose potential risks for your developing fetus including potential miscarriage . With contradicting advice from various health experts, it’s best to limit the amount you get to 200 milligrams, which is the equivalent to about one and a half 8 oz cups of coffee/day. So before you completely forgo your morning fix, read on to find out how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy.

The table below lists foods and drinks and the amount of caffeine each contains. The amounts listed are averages, so they may change depending on the brand or how the food or drink is made.

Image via March of Dimes 

 

If you are a coffee lover like me, but plan to cut back during pregnancy, don’t quit cold turkey— you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches. Instead, slowly decrease your caffeine consumption over several days or weeks. Remember, including one, to one and a half cups of coffee a day is likely completely safe for you and your baby (though I am not a medical professional, so its best to check with your physician first) if you are already a coffee drinker.

If you are interested in learning more about nutrition during pregnancy, check out my post  Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy .

References:

American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/caffeine.html

March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/nutrition_caffeine.html 

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