The debate about drinking coffee during pregnancy lives on!
Coffee is a popular morning (and afternoon and evening) ritual in America, so it's no wonder that so many of us drink it and enjoy it on a daily basis. It's almost like a lifeline for some! When we find ourselves expecting a bundle of joy we’re curious and hopeful to find out if we can still drink the caffeinated goodness. Because, really, what morning is complete without some (or a lot of) coffee?
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The good news is that you can drink coffee while pregnant! However, the slightly worse news is that you can't drink too much of it. The caffeine in coffee is what makes it questionable in the first place, but according to experts, it is safe to consume up to 200 mg of caffeine per day while pregnant. That adds up to about two cups of coffee a day, so any true addicts will have to cut down just a notch.
Also keep in mind that if you're having two cups on a daily basis, you'll need to cut out all other caffeinated beverages. Tea has 48mg of caffeine per cup and some sodas have 37 mg of caffeine per cup. You may want to consider cutting out caffeinated food as well, like chocolate, in order to enjoy your two cups a day guilt free! It's hard to quit but it's really so much better for baby.
HelloGiggles informed us all that caffeine can be passed through the placenta and reach the baby. Consuming too much caffeine can result in low birth weight which can cause issues in a newborn and can even lead to lifelong problems. It can also cause the baby's heart rate to rise in the womb which can lead to a serious heart condition called "arrhythmia," more commonly known as an irregular heartbeat. Even worse, babies can be born addicted to caffeine and can experience withdrawal after birth.
So, you can still enjoy coffee but just don't overdo it! After you give birth you can go back to drinking your regular amounts, and it will be glorious! With a newborn, you'll certainly need it!
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