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Caffeine & Pregnancy: A Good Mix?

If you can’t function without a cuppa or two a day, you might have to reconsider your caffeine cravings during your pregnancy! Caffeine might be your must-have in the form of coffee, tea or other sodas that saw you through a tiresome day. It might seem like you need it more than ever as you feel fatigued during your pregnancy, but should you continue or kick the caffeine hit? How much of caffeine to have or not have, that’s the question!

Let’s consider what caffeine does to the body… When consumed in moderation, caffeine gives you that jumpstart you might need to fight mental sluggishness and plough through a full day of work as it stimulates the central nervous system, heart and muscles. It also has a diuretic effect on the body and can cause an increase in urine flow. Coffee is also a source of antioxidants and is considered healthy when consumed in moderate amounts.

However, the World Health Organisation recommends for pregnant women to consume 300 milligrams of caffeine a day. For some coffee-holic mummies, this might be tough! Why you should you consider limiting caffeine intake? During pregnancy, caffeine consumption can impact the baby inside you. Did you know that caffeine consumption is compared to smoking? Potential risks include premature births or low birth weight. Oh no. Sounds scary enough to kick the habit to the curb. Read on further to learn about the side-effects of consuming caffeine whilst being pregnant.

In a recent study, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health tracked more than 50, 000 expectant mothers throughout their pregnancies, specifically looking at the mothers’ intake of caffeine. While the researcher did not find that caffeine might have caused premature birth, they found a correlation between caffeine consumption and low birth weight. Take note that low weight babies might be at risk of health problems.

Anything you consume while pregnant can travel through the placenta and impact your baby. Caffeine can also cause the baby to become more active. Furthermore, a 2008 study revealed women who consumed caffeine were at a higher risk for miscarriages in comparison to pregnant women who did not.

While the decision to drink or not to drink should be in your hands, take into consideration your own health and body’s tolerance or reaction to caffeine during pregnancy. Moderate your intake accordingly. Take note that coffee isn’t the only source of caffeine. Caffeine can lurk in sweetened drinks and chocolate bars. You might need to complete diet overhaul during your pregnancy to curb or regulate your caffeine intake. Do take note to be more cautious to what you consume so as to not harm your health or your baby’s. It’s time to think for 2 now. Also, there are various kinds of alternative to a caffeine fix to kickstart your day. Stay tuned as we explore further and help a fellow mummy out. Do remember, ultimately more research will be of great help. And if all else fails, a trip down to your doctors will help you with further queries.