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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.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. As we know, everyone goes through a different process of pregnancy. Some go through it with ease others, not really. With your body going through a massive series of changes within this 9 months it is only viable for you to be self-aware and understand whether what you’re going through is as normal as the sun rising from the east. We have decided to help all you pregnant mommies out by giving you a heads up! Bear in mind, we are not here to scare you; we are here to ensure what you’re going through has been dealt with by many preggy mommies. So, take a deep breath in and know that it is always crucial to know which symptoms warrant a visit to the doctors’ and which of it are normal.

Spotting And Bleeding–We know what you might be thinking. How is it possible to have any signs of blood whilst being pregnant? Well, first thing you’ve to know is whenever any sign of blood is noticed, you have to find the source of it. Do take note that during the first 8 weeks of a pregnancy, spotting is usually a normal occurrence which means that the embryo is implanting in the uterus. However, this bleeding could also be from a vaginal tear if you recently had sex or a cervical infection, both of which that isn’t harmful to your pregnancy. BUT if the spotting is followed by pain, it is advisable to ring up your doctor and follow up with an appointment.

Contractions–The biggest worry amongst first time mommies. Unlike labour contractions, pregnancy contractions are usually painless and irregular. Highly likely to occur during the third trimester, it can be present during the second trimester as well. Do take note that dehydration can also cause you to feel them. Always remember to hydrate yourself, mommies!!

Depression–Studies done by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have shown that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from depression. If you have depression now, your chances of post-partum depression can be higher. Although it is perfectly normal to be going through this, it’s advisable to speak to someone about it. Mental health above all else, ladies!

Vaginal Discharge–It is perfectly normal to have an increase in clear discharge during pregnancy. However, if it is followed by blood, pain or pressure, do consult a professional. Always better to be safe than sorry.

Shortness of Breath–With, the increase of progesterone and your pregnant belly growing at a rapid speed, this is completely normal!

Headaches and swelling are completely normal symptoms to be facing during pregnancy too. However, if you’re concerned about anything, always remember your doctors are always there to help guide you through this journey. Remember mommies, always trust your gut. Or in this case, ALWAYS trust the little cutie in your belly!