Caffeine During Pregnancy – The Bump Boxes Guide

Who doesn’t love caffeine? It kicks you in the pants when you need to be up early, it gets you active after a particularly long meeting at work, it even spurs creative thought when you’re trying to come up with big ideas. Heck, even if it’s not your cup of tea, it’s in a ton of beverages and foods that people eat every day. It is the world’s most widely consumed drug, after all. But a drug is not without its dangers, and consuming caffeine while pregnant is no exception.

Recommendations on Caffeine During Pregnancy

We’ve all heard myths and rumors about the stuff. Maybe when you were a kid your parents told you that it can stunt your growth – although that was probably just to prevent you from staying up all night with a caffeine buzz. Generally speaking though, caffeine is a pretty safe drug (in moderation!) for non-pregnant adults. But is it okay to have caffeine while pregnant or trying to conceive?

Caffeine is a stimulant, meaning it raises the levels of activity in the body. It gives a jump start to your nervous system, heart rate, and respiration. It’s also a diuretic, meaning it will send you to the bathroom frequently and dehydrate you. All of these effects are fine for a full-sized person, but a mom shares everything with her growing baby. Stimulants can be rough on a little one’s development, and there are studies that claim that mothers have a higher risk of miscarriage when they consume more than 300 mg of caffeine during pregnancy on a daily basis. Furthermore, caffeine is reported to cause a slowdown in fetal development.

The general consensus within the scientific community is that women should not have more than 200 mg of caffeine while pregnant if they want to have a safe pregnancy. There’s some divide on exactly how much is the right amount, but most agree that this is a good ceiling to cap your caffeine intake when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. That’s right TTC mom, ditch the coffee! Some studies claim that caffeine will cause more headaches than it cures when it comes to fertility.

Caffeine During Pregnancy - The Bump Boxes Guide

So how much is 200mg of caffeine exactly? 1 and a half cups of K-cup coffee would fill out that number, as would one 12 oz drive-through brew. Don’t forget – caffeine comes in many less-than-expected places – from iced tea to ice cream! Take a look at our handy infographic for the whole scoop on what caffeinated foods and drinks are safe for pregnancy. If new mommy-related diet restrictions are feeling constricting, here’s our prescription: our natural energy drinks courtesy of Healthy Mama! These fruit beverages will give you the caffeine free pick-me-up you’re looking for!