Caffeine during Pregnancy?

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Caffeine during Pregnancy?

Caffeine during Pregnancy?

Over last couple of weeks, we highlighted the benefits of coffee. We insisted that a couple of cups of coffee is good for health. But if you are pregnant or planning to conceive, we suggest you to avoid coffee as much as possible. Here’s an aggregation of facts that highlight ill effects of coffee for pregnant women.

A research in 2008 found that women who consumed 200 mg or more of caffeine a day had double the risk of miscarriage of those who took in no caffeine.

Another study found that the risk of stillbirth more than doubled in women who drank eight cups of coffee or more each day compared with women who didn’t.

The fact is that coffee is a stimulant and it raises your heart rate. Additionally, it can cause insomnia and make you feel jittery. Caffeine can also contribute to heartburn by stimulating the secretion of stomach acid.

Caffeine takes longer to be broken down in the body during pregnancy and it reaches the baby through the placenta. The developing baby is not great at processing caffeine and it can increase the baby’s levels of stress hormones.

So, if  you can limit your coffee intake to 200 mg a day, it’s still fine. Beyond that, you run down the risk of a miscarriage.

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