Women's Health

Caffeine and Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants found in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate and even some over-the-counter medications that relieve headaches. You may need to cut out caffeine during pregnancy.

Caffeine facts:
  • Caffeine is a stimulant and diuretic. It also increases blood pressure and heart rate. It is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Caffeine increases the frequency of urination, which leads to a decrease in fluid levels in the body and can lead to dehydration.
  • Caffeine crosses the placenta to the baby, as the fetus cannot handle the amounts of caffeine, unlike the mother.
  • Any amount of caffeine can alter the fetus' sleep pattern or normal movement in the later stages of pregnancy.
  • Caffeine is a stimulant, which can keep both mother and fetus awake.

Facts and myths:
  • Caffeine causes birth defects in humans.
Fact: Many animal studies have shown that caffeine can cause birth defects, preterm labor, and reduced fertility, but there haven't been any conclusive studies in humans.

  • Caffeine causes infertility.
Fact: Some studies have shown a link between high levels of caffeine consumption and delayed pregnancy.

  • Caffeine causes miscarriage. 
Fact: So far, studies are still in place, so pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day, which equals about one 12-ounce (about a cup and a half) cup of coffee.

  • Pregnant women should not consume any caffeine.
Fact: Experts stated that moderate levels of caffeine did not have a negative effect on pregnancy, but it is preferable to avoid caffeine as much as possible during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Last Update : 04 June 2023 03:36 PM
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