Is Coffee Off Limits During Pregnancy?
When you’re pregnant, carrying a little life inside of you, you’re not going to take unnecessary risks. You want to know what is safe to do and what isn’t. You want scientific details supporting every decision you make for yourself and for the baby. No guessing. No chances. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about what women can and can’t do while they are pregnant, or breastfeeding. One of those myths is the inability to drink coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
Unfortunately, there’s some truth to this particular myth. It is unsafe for your small infant to be consuming large amounts of caffeine. Actually, anything over 200 milligrams is potential full of risks. If you think about why, it’s the same way you wouldn’t want to give your newborn baby a Coke or Pepsi. However, while too much caffeine is bad for the baby, that doesn’t mean you can’t have any. You are able to drink coffee while you’re pregnant, it just has to be in moderation.
If you want to have a cup of coffee in the morning, feel free! It’s a nice boost to your tired system and can help start your day off right. Just avoid having a second cup, or third, and so on. One cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine. There will be no affect on the little life that living inside of you. So, enjoy that one cup of coffee worry-free!
Since caffeine content is the reason behind the one-a-day limit, it makes sense that espresso and other quick shots aren’t safe for you to consume. They are higher in caffeine content, which makes it harder to keep track of how much caffeine you’re putting into your system. You want to consider that you might have a Coke or Pepsi yourself with your lunch. So be conscious about adding up all the caffeine levels of everything you consume. This will make a big difference.
Can you still enjoy a nice cup of coffee before starting your day?
For the record, a latte actually contains less caffeine. So, if you’re standing in line at Starbucks and want something a little less damaging, pick a latte instead. They are offered at most big coffee chains, as well as many independent franchises. Of course, if you’re super worried and can’t seem to shake it, try decaf. Decaffeinated coffee might have a little less flavor, but it may still be enough of the kick you need in the morning, without the need to worry about your baby.
When it comes to drinking coffee while breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to keep to the one-cup-a-day rule. After all, you’ll still want to keep your caffeine intake down. The babies nutrients will still be coming from you, directly. So, any caffeine you consume can have an affect. Keep in mind that chocolate contains caffeine too!
The best thing you can drink while pregnant is water. You could also get many essential nutrients from drinking 100% pure fruit juice. So maybe instead of a morning coffee, you can try a glass of orange juice!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Quotes are based upon the opinions of this author and others who contributed to this blog.