What is the Caffeine limit during pregnancy?
An important role as a new mother is taking in enough essential nutrients to fuel your developing baby’s development and keep your own body strong. One thing to cut out or limit in your diet: caffeine. Most doctors recommend curbing your caffeine consumption at no more than 200 milligrams a day, or about one cup of coffee.1,2 (Some pregnant women are more sensitive to caffeine than others.) There are conflicting reports on whether too much caffeine can cause miscarriage.2 Until the effects of caffeine on your developing baby are certain, keep your consumption below the recommended limits.
Other common side effects of too much caffeine2:
- Jittery sensations
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Digestive problems
- Sleeping problems
All these reasons make limiting coffee, chocolate, and other caffeinated products a good idea during your pregnancy.
What Has Caffeine in it?
Other than coffee, there are other drinks that also contain caffeine. Below is a list of foods/drinks with caffeine in them3:
- Energy drinks
- Iced tea
Alternatives to Caffeine During Pregnancy
Many people rely on caffeine to help them get through the day. What can you do while you’re pregnant? Small changes can make a huge different. Getting natural light, drinking lots of water, exercising, getting adequate sleep and meditating will all help. As far as foods, try apples, herbal tea and fruit smoothies4.
- KidsHealth from Nemours: Can I Still Have Coffee when I’m Pregnant? http://kidshealth.org/parent/question/infants/preg_caffeine.html
- March of Dimes: Caffeine in Pregnancy http://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/caffeine-in-pregnancy.aspx