coffee and pregnancy
The evidence for coffee’s ill effect on pregnancy remains unclear at this time. A recent study found that drinking six or more cups of coffee per day was linked to miscarriage. An analysis of many studies concluded that drinking one to two cups of coffee each day is associated with a very small increase in the risk of both miscarriage and infants with low birth weight. Despite these findings, some studies have found no harmful effects on pregnancy of consuming up to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day (about 2 cups of coffee).To play it safe, I recommend that women avoid coffee during pregnancy and minimize their intake of caffeine from other sources such as colas, tea and dark chocolate.
Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause irritability, nervousness and insomnia. Not only does it cross the placenta and reach the fetus, it also acts as a diuretic, dehydrating your body of valuable fluid. Make the switch to decaf or try herbal teas that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Herbs for pregnancy
At this time there is not enough scientific information about the use of herbal supplements during pregnancy. Very few studies have been done in pregnant women. As a result, most health experts do not recommend that you use herbal remedies during your pregnancy. There are some herbs, however, that are known to cause serious side effects during pregnancy and they should be avoided at all costs; also avoid teas made from these herbs. Herbs to avoid include pennyroyal, comfrey, lobelia, sassafras, barberry, devil’s claw root, chamomile, dong quai, goldenseal, lily of the valley, rue, uva ursi,yarrow and coltsfoot. Safe herbal teas include blackberry, citrus peel, ginger, lemon balm, orange peel and rosehip.
THAT CAFFEINE “FIX”
It’s probably okay to drink caffeine, but it’s not something that doctors encourage women to drink in large quantities. Try to limit your caffeine intake to one cup of coffee or tea a day or one can of soda. Although caffeine consumption hasn’t been shown to have longterm adverse effects on the baby (at least not in studies thus far), it can act as a diuretic for the mother, and losing water isn’t good for the mother or the baby.
Caffeine ingested by the mother can speed up a fetal heart rate. In fact, consuming more than 300 milligrams of caffeine daily has been linked to miscarriage. A Starbucks 16-ounce “grande” Breakfast Blend contains between 259 and 564 mg. of caffeine, so think twice before you drink your next cup, or try the smaller version.
Because you metabolize caffeine even more slowly during the second and third trimester, it’s best to avoid caffeine as much as possible during this time. Interestingly, in babies born to mothers who consume high quantities of caffeine, the baby is apt to experience withdrawal from caffeine when it is born.
How much caffeine does it contain?
- Mug of instant coffee: 100 mg
- Mug of fresh brewed or filter coffee: 140 mg
- Mug of tea: 75 mg
- Can of cola: 33 mg
- Can of energy drink: 80 mg
- 50 g bar of plain chocolate: 50 mg
- 50 g bar of milk chocolate: 25 mg
- Two-capsule dose of max strength cold and flu remedy: 50 mg
Optional Video : Can I have coffee during pregnancy?- Dr. Shefali Tyagi