When you become pregnant, you’re life changes. All of a sudden, you have a laundry lists of things to do to prepare for your baby, and one of those things is watching what you eat and drink. If you frequent the nearest Starbucks, the you might be wondering how pregnancy changes your caffeine intake. In fact, you may want even more caffeine since pregnancy can make you tired. But is it a good idea? Just how much caffeine can you have in the first trimester when your baby is still growing.
According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine is one of the foods to avoid or minimize consumption on during your pregnancy. The reasons being that caffeine can cross the placenta, although the full effects this has on your baby aren’t clear. Typically, your health care provider will recommend having no more than 200 milligrams a day of caffeine during the duration of your pregnancy. That means having no more than two 8-ounce cups of coffee, four 8-ounce cups of brewed tea, or six 12-ounce cups of soda a day.
Although your doctor might prefer you to stop drinking caffeinated beverages all together, the truth is that there is an amount of caffeine that you can safely drink during pregnancy, according to Parents.
“Caffeine in pregnancy can be an issue if large amounts are consumed,” OB-GYN Dr. Michele Hakakha told Parents. “We know from many of our studies that caffeine crosses the placenta, and a baby’s developing metabolism can’t quite handle the caffeine jolt.”
Although many doctors and experts from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agree that pregnant women…
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