Caffeine During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Are you a caffeine queen, mama?  There’s nothing better than a fresh brewed cup of coffee to start your morning.  Because, after all, coffee makes the world go round!  But what about during pregnancy?  How much is safe, if any?

It’s no surprise to anyone that caffeine is classified as a stimulant.  An adult can consume a significant amount because the body will metabolize the caffeine and then get rid of it.  However, when pregnant, it crosses the placenta and enters into the amniotic fluid around baby and baby’s bloodstream.  Because they are still developing, they cannot process the substance like you can.

In fact, there was a large study done that found that mamas that consumed more than 300mg a day were at a much higher risk of giving birth to babies that were very small for their gestational age.  Which isn’t good, mama!  So then, can you have any at all?

Ideally, it’s best to kick your caffeine habit to the curb when carrying your little angel.  Aside from the potential growth issues your baby could face, caffeine (especially in coffee!) causes production of stomach acid, which can increase heartburn.  Which we’re sure you have plenty of already!  Additionally, caffeine contains compounds that make it hard for your body to absorb iron.  This isn’t good, because expecting mamas are already low on iron!

However, if you’re not sure how you could possibly survive without your java in the mornings, or you suffer from migraines without, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest that 200mg of caffeine a day can be considered safe.  That equates to about one 11oz cup of black coffee!  To take care of your body too, make sure that you ingest it only between meals to lessen the effect on your iron absorption.

 

So is caffeine safe during pregnancy?  Only with caution, mamas.  Make sure you keep it under 200mg a day if you have any.  But remember, it’s just a small sacrifice in the long list of things you do for your incoming little one, mama.  Interested in knowing more about what is and isn’t safe to consume during pregnancy?  Visit The Babble’s comprehensive post here!