Watch Your Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy

By Twill Care Editors
January 10, 2024

When it comes to caffeine during pregnancy, a little bit is okay but be careful not to overdo it.

Consuming high amounts of caffeine during pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight. And some believe it might increase miscarriage risk.

However, two studies suggest that low amounts of caffeine (under 200 milligrams per day) did not contribute to low birth weight, preterm birth, or miscarriage.

So the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends staying under 200 milligrams of caffeine per day. That’s about the amount in a 12-ounce cup of coffee.

Be extra cautious. Caffeine can disrupt your sleep, make you have to go to the bathroom more often, and dehydrate you.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and energy drinks can all contain caffeine, and they all count toward your daily total. Even coffee-flavored ice cream and yogurt can have caffeine in it.

Also, know that different products may have different amounts of caffeine—and can vary in size.

Check the caffeine content before you indulge. When in doubt, order decaf.

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