When you are pregnant, you get to listen so much about what to eat, what to avoid, what to drink and what not to drink and you must also take care of the diets you take or drinks you take during your pregnancy. In fact a proper nutrition and diet becomes more important if you are pregnant or if you are planning for it.
How Safe is it to Drink Coffee During Pregnancy?
Many pregnant women feel they have to completely skip coffee during pregnancy. However, as per the American College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, you can take coffee but it must be limited to less than 200 mg per day. This means you can take only one 10 ounce cup of Starbucks Coffee. Anything beyond this amount could be really risky.
Research has found that pregnant women drinking coffee more than 200 mg per day have greater risk of miscarriage. It has also been studied that drinking large amount of coffee during pregnancy (8 cups in a day) has been linked to stillbirth.
Though you can take 200 mg per day or one 10 ounce cup of Starbucks coffee a day, it must also be mentioned that the caffeine amount in your coffee do vary based on the type of the coffee and the way it is brewed. Taking an example, the coffee at a shop or a restaurant can range from 100 mg for small cup to 400 mg for a large cup, depending on the brand and the brew.
However if you are preparing your own coffee then you can limit your caffeine amount. You can also try out latte if you require a caffeine boost. It is safer, and the milk from it provides you additional calcium and protein you would require during pregnancy.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and also take healthy drinks including milk, fresh real fruit juice and healthy diet to have a healthy and safe childbirth.
Kindly consult your Gynecologist to know the amount of coffee you can take in your pregnancy before taking it.