Caffeine during pregnancy

Caffeine during pregnancy
Now that I’m pregnant, do I have to stop drinking coffee and avoid other sources of caffeine?

If you’re pregnant, it’s a good idea to limit your intake of caffeine. But how much is okay? After decades of discussion and conflicting studies, there’s still no clear answer on how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy.

To err on the side of caution, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams per day, which is about one 11-ounce cup of coffee (See the chart below to get a sense of the amount of caffeine in common beverages and foods.)

What are the concerns about caffeine consumption during pregnancy?

When you drink a cup of coffee, caffeine crosses the placenta into the amniotic fluid and your baby’s bloodstream. While your body goes to work metabolizing and getting rid of the caffeine, your baby’s body is still developing and takes a much longer time to process the caffeine. As a result, your baby is exposed to the effects of caffeine for much longer than you are.

Researchers continue to try to identify the exact effect of caffeine on your baby and your pregnancy. ACOG says that so far, mild caffeine intake (less than 200 mg) isn’t considered to be a major cause of miscarriage or premature birth. One large study, however, found that mothers who consumed more than 300 mg of caffeine a day were more likely to give birth to babies who were small for their gestational age.

Source: babycentre

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