Pregnancy and Drinking caffeinated beverages
It’s best to avoid caffeine whenever possible during pregnancy. At the very least, limit how much caffeine you consume. Research has been mixed on the subject. But overall, studies show a moderate intake — 200 milligrams (mg) or less a day, about the amount found in one to two cups of coffee — has no negative effects on pregnant women and their babies.
However, the same doesn’t hold true for high amounts of caffeine — 500 mg or more daily, or five or more cups of coffee. Regular intake of this much caffeine may cause a decrease in your baby’s birth weight and head circumference. Low birth weight can make it difficult for the baby to maintain a healthy body temperature and appropriate blood sugar levels, which can lead to other problems.
Coffee is the most common source of caffeine. Tea, carbonated beverages, cocoa and chocolate also contain caffeine. To reduce the amount of caffeine you consume in a day, consider switching to decaffeinated beverages. Or with hot, brewed beverages, shorten the time you brew them. For instance, brewing a tea bag for just one minute instead of several minutes can reduce caffeine content by as much as half.
Although herbal teas may seem like a safe alternative during pregnancy, avoid them. Little is known about herbs and their effects on pregnancy. In some cases, they can do damage. The herb comfrey, for example, can cause serious liver disease.
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