October 12, 2019

Caffeine and Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

Some studies show that if a woman takes in more than I50 mg of caffeine per day she has a higher chance of having a miscarriage. 

Other studies have shown this is not true. the most recent study regarding miscarriages and a very reassuring one, Was reported by Mills et al. in the journal of American Medical Association (1993) in which they found no evidence that moderate caffeine use increased the rate of miscarriage, intrauterine growth retardation, or small head size.

No association of caffeine with congenital abnormalities has been documented. 

Some studies show that women who consume an amount of caffeine equal to more than three cups of coffee per day have a four times greater risk than normal of bearing a low birth weight infant (one that is below five-and-a-half pounds).

Other studies have shown that a woman would have to drink as many as six or seven cups of coffee a day before the chances of having a low birth weight baby increased. 

These studies have convinced experts that decreased birth weight is fairly consistent with the intake of more than 300 to 400 mg of caffeine per day (three or four cups).

It is suggested that a woman drink no more than one cup of regular coffee per day. (One cup of regular coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine).

Decaffeinated coffee seems to be less of a hazard. Brewed decaffeinated coffee has about one-third the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee. for Instant decaffeinated coffee has almost no caffeine.

The studies on caffeine and pregnancy suggest that you should limit caffeine intake during your pregnancy.

Written by: Isikadi Precious RN.
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