Caffeine and Pregnancy: How much is too much

One of the first things most women prepare to say goodbye to once we see those two pink lines on our pregnancy tests is caffeine.

Research has shown that too much caffeine can cause some complications such as preterm labor and/or low birth weight.  So how much caffeine is too much caffeine?

  • Anything less than 300 milligrams a day (an 8 ounce cup of strong coffee) will not do any harm.
  • Anything over 300 milligrams puts your baby at risk and studies have also shown that women who drink more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day during their first trimester have a slightly higher risk of a miscarriage.
  • Studies have also shown that women who had over 500 milligrams of caffeine a day had babies who had faster heart rates and faster breathing rates. These babies also spent more time awake in their first few days of life rather than peacefully sleeping.

There are a number of other reasons why we women might want to cut back on the amount of caffeine we drink during pregnancy.

  • It has no nutritional value.
  • Caffeine is a stimulant which will increase your heart rate and can cause insomnia and headaches which can put some stress on your growing little one.
  • Caffeine can cause heartburn. If you have been pregnant before you know that heartburn can be a burden to begin with,  and caffeine just makes it worse.
  • It is a diuretic which means it can cause you to lose fluids which can put you at a risk of becoming dehydrated.

While it is not necessary for you to give up all caffeine through out the duration of your pregnancy, you should learn how to drink it in moderation or don’t drink it at all.  If you cannot handle having only one cup of coffee a day,  then you might be better off drinking no coffee at all.

Stick with caffeine free sodas and even decaf coffee.  Remember though that decaf  coffee still contains small traces of caffeine so make sure you take that into consideration.


The folks at Bump Maternity



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