How Much Of Caffeine Consumption Is Safe During Pregnancy?

It probably comes as no surprise that caffeine is one of the most relished stimulants in America. If you are one of the people who enjoys your morning cup of joe, you'll need to pay attention to the amount of caffeine you consume daily.

 

Facts about caffeine

 

It is a diuretic and a stimulant:

 

Caffeine is a stimulant. It increases the blood pressure and heart rate. Both of which are not good during pregnancy. Also, excessive consumption of caffeine can cause frequent urination. It may lead to the reduction of body fluid levels and cause dehydration.

 

It crosses the placenta:

 

Although you may reduce the amount of caffeine you take in, that level may still be a lot for your baby to take in because her metabolism is still maturing and cannot metabolize caffeine the same way that you do.

 

Caffeine in excess can also cause changes in the sleeping patterns of your baby or general movements in the further stages of pregnancy. Don't forget: caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you and your baby awake.

 

Caffeine is in many other things:

 

Keep in mind that it's not just coffee that contains caffeine. Caffeine can also be in tea, chocolate, soda, and many over-the-counter medications that aid in headaches. So, be aware of what you consume, especially during pregnancy.

 

Myth or Fact?

 

Statement: Caffeine can cause birth complications in humans.

 

Fact: A few studies on animals show that caffeine can cause problems during pregnancy, such as birth complications like premature labor, reduced fertility, preterm delivery, increased risks of low-birth-weight offspring, and other reproductive complications.

 

Although there have not been any resounding studies conducted on humans regarding caffeine consumption during pregnancy, it's always to play safe and be aware of the situation.

 

Statement: Caffeine consumption can lower the fertility rate.

 

Fact: Some studies have found that there is a link between high levels of caffeine intake and delayed conception.

 

Statement: Pregnant women should avoid consuming caffeine completely.

 

Fact: Medical experts state that moderate levels of caffeine put no negative effects on pregnancy. However, the definition of moderation can vary anywhere from 150-300 mg a day.

 

Caffeine proportion in your favorite drinks & snacks:

 

  • Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Buzz Ice Cream(8 oz) 72 mg

  • Baker’s chocolate (1 oz) 26 mg

  • Green tea (6 oz) 40 mg

  • Black tea (6 oz) 45 mg

  • Excedrin (per capsule) 65mg

  • Starbucks Grande Coffee (16 oz) 400 mg

  • Starbucks House Blend Coffee (16 oz) 259mg

  • Dr. Pepper (12 oz) 37 mg7

  • Eleven Big Gulp Diet Coke (32 oz) 124 mg

 

So, how much caffeine?

 

With experts' daily recommended amount varying, the best practice is to discuss this with your doctor and to try to reduce the amount of caffeine you intake.