When it comes to pregnancy, there are a lot of dietary requirements in order to protect the baby’s health and development. But what about coffee? Is caffeine a no-go when you’re expecting?
Well, good news: drinking coffee is okay when you’re pregnant. The same goes for any other caffeinated beverages, such as tea, soda, chocolate, and energy drinks.
However, remember to consume caffeine in moderation. High caffeine level has been linked with an increase in the risk of miscarriage.
“Blood pressure will often increase during pregnancy as the body works to handle an increased blood volume and fluids,” Melanie McGrice, spokesperson at the Dietitians Association of Australia told ABC. “What caffeine can do is raise your blood pressure and heart rate even further due to its effect on the sympathetic nerve system, and this puts more of a load on the body and the baby.”
Furthermore, caffeine also inhibits the absorption of iron into the body, which is important to support pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The NHS and Australian guidelines recommend a limit of 200 milligrams of caffeine per day, which translates to a cup of cappuccino or two cups of instant coffee.
If you want to cut the risk even further, try switching to decaf – a single cup contains only 2-12 milligrams of caffeine. Still, even with decaf, don’t forget to curb your consumption.