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Caffeine and Pregnancy

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

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Here are the Facts about Caffeine and Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant understand that it is not recommended for you to consume caffeine. For someone who has been regularly consuming caffeine before their pregnancy it’s perfectly understandable to still have strong urges to continue to do so due to the strong addictive qualities of caffeine. At the very least try to decrease the amount of caffeine you consume when pregnant. The fact is whatever you consume you’re baby consumes so what could be a bit of caffeine for you is still a lot for a baby.

Experts have found that having a moderate amount of caffeine (100-300mgs/daily) poses no serious negative health threats, however many studies continue to show more reasons why having Caffeine is unhealthy for the unborn child. There have been studies concluding that Women who consume more than 200mg of Caffeine a day are twice as likely to have miscarriage and delayed conception. Testing done on animals shows even more shockingly that Caffeine effects can cause birth defects, preterm delivery, and increase the risk of low-birth weight offspring. Caffeine and pregnancy just don’t mix. Studies show even before a baby is added into the equation animals ingesting caffeine showed a greater chance of reproductive problems and reduced fertility.

Some main effects of Caffeine include an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and increased frequency of urination. None of these effects are good for pregnant women, because of the delicate processes occurring inside her body. These effects get multiplied when you consider what happens when the Caffeine crosses the placenta, and gets ingested by the baby. Any disruption in an unborn’s growth schedule can be problematic.

The best advice I can give is to limit your Caffeine as much as possible. If it’s too difficult to go without try to stay in the low moderate level of 100mgs a day. If Coffee is you’re main vice (and you can’t stand decaf) try other sources of Caffeine for their lower caffeine content. Tea is an excellent substitute, but watch out for some herbal teas.

Some herbal teas can be bad to drink for pregnant women. The teas to stay away from when pregnant are Chamomiles, citrus peel, ginger, lemon balm, orange peel, and rose hip. It’s recommended to avoid teas with Aloe, Coltsfoot, Juniper Berries, Pennyroyal, Buckthorn Bark, Comfrey, Labrador Tea, Sassafras, Duck Roots, Lobelia and Senna Leaves. A drink or two of these herbal teas once in a while is fine, but try to avoid regular consumption.

You may be wondering, “Should I still avoid Caffeine when I’m breastfeeding?” The answer is no, go ahead and enjoy your coffee and chocolate.  When a mother is Breastfeeding it’s avoiding Caffeine becomes less urgent.  Yes it is true that whatever is eaten or drank gets turned into the milk that the baby will be eating, however the amount of caffeine needed to affect the baby would be around 750mgs (Way beyond recommended Caffeine consumption), and even then the effects would be almost nonexistent.


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