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Arrange Your Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of the most loved stimulants in America, even all over the world. But now that some women are pregnant, you might need to pay more attention to the amount of caffeine you consume daily.

Facts about caffeine

  1. Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases your blood pressure and also heart rate, both which are not recommended during pregnancy.
  2. Caffeine also increases the frequency of urination. This causes reduction in your body fluid levels and could lead you to dehydration.
  3. Caffeine crosses the placenta. Although as individual you might be able to handle the amounts of caffeine for your own body, your baby cannot, face the truth. Your baby’s metabolism is still not strong enough and maturing, cannot fully metabolize the caffeine. Any amount of caffeine can also cause changes in your baby’s sleep pattern or normal movement pattern which you know best and usually feel in the later stages of pregnancy. Remember, caffeine is a stimulant and can keep both you and your baby awake.
  4. Caffeine is found not just in coffee. It is also found in tea, soda, chocolate, and even other counter medications for headaches, lots of stuff could contain caffeine, they just have different amounts, so notice what you consume.

There are some statements which caused us to think and end up being doubtful whether we can consume coffee while pregnant or not to touch it at all.

caffeine, pregnancy

First, caffeine causes birth defects.

Actually, numerous studies on animals have shown that caffeine can cause birth defects, preterm delivery, reduced fertility, and increase the risk of low-birth weight offspring and other reproductive problems. However, there have not been any conclusive studies done on humans; and it is still better to play it safe when it comes to uncertain studies.

Second, caffeine causes impotence.

Some studies have shown a link between high levels of caffeine consumption could lead to impotence and delayed conception.

Third, caffeine causes miscarriages.

In 2008, two studies on the effects of caffeine related to miscarriage showed significantly different outcomes. In one study released by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, it was found that women who consume 200mg or more of caffeine daily are twice likely to have a miscarriage as those who do not consume any caffeine at all. In another study released by Epidemiology, there was no increased risk in women who drank a minimal amount of coffee daily (between 200-350mg per day). Don’t consume caffeine too much.

Due to conflicting conclusions from numerous studies, the March of Dimes states that until more conclusive studies are done, pregnant women should limit caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day. This is equal to about one 12 oz cup of coffee.

Fourth, a pregnant woman should not consume ANY caffeine.

Experts have stated that moderate levels of caffeine have not been found to have a minus effect on pregnancy. The definition of moderate varies anywhere from 150 mg – 300 mg a day.

Then, how much is too much?

The less caffeine you consume, the better for you and for your baby during pregnancy. Some experts say more than 150 mg of caffeine a day is too much, while others say more than 300 mg a day is too much.

Avoiding caffeine as much as possible is your safest course of action. If you must get your fix, it is best to discuss this with your health care provider to make the healthiest choice for you and your baby.

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