Women's Health

Caffeine and Pregnancy

Overview:
Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants. It is found in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and even some over-the-counter medications that relieve headaches. However, pregnant women may need to give up caffeine during pregnancy.

Facts about caffeine 
  • It’s a diuretic. Increases blood pressure and heart rate, and is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Increases frequency of urination, leading to low levels of fluid in the body, and can lead to dehydration.
  • It reaches the fetus through the placenta. A fetus cannot deal with large amounts of caffeine, unlike the mother.
  • Any amount of caffeine can alter the fetus's sleep pattern or normal movement in later stages of pregnancy. 
  • Caffeine is a stimulant that keeps the mother and fetus awake.

Myths and truths:
  • Caffeine causes birth defects in humans.
    • Truth: Severa​l animal studies have shown that caffeine can cause birth defects, premature birth, and reduced fertility. However, no conclusive studies have been conducted on humans.
  • Caffeine causes infertility.
    • Truth: Some studies have shown a connection between high levels of caffeine consumption and delayed pregnancy.
  • Caffeine causes miscarriages.
    • Truth: Studies are still in progress, so it’s important for pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day, which is roughly one cup of coffee.
  • Pregnant women should completely refrain from consuming caffeine.
    • Truth: Experts stated that moderate levels of caffeine did not affect pregnancies negatively; however, it is best to avoid caffeine, as much as possible, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Last Update : 08 August 2021 03:50 AM
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