You don’t need to give up caffeine altogether, but cutting back is in baby’s best interest.
There’s still a lot experts don’t know about the effects of caffeine during pregnancy, which is why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls for more research before it can draw any conclusions about a link between caffeine and miscarriage. (Studies have shown it can cross the placenta and affect a babe-to-be’s heart rate.)
Because of the potential risks, your health care provider will likely suggest you curb your intake. But don’t fret if you’ve been downing your usual morning jolt—a cup of coffee is considered A-OK. The Mayo Clinic advises pregnant women aim for fewer than 200 milligrams a day.
- 8-ounce cup of brewed/drip coffee = 137 milligrams
- 8-ounce cup of instant coffee = 76 milligrams
- 8-ounce cup of brewed tea = 48 milligrams
- 8-ounce cup of instant tea = 26-36 milligrams
- 12-ounce caffeinated soft drink = 37 milligrams
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