Caffeine Use During Pregnancy

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Caffeine is probably the most common and widely used drug in the world. Even with its popularity, relatively little is still known of its harmful effects. When you are pregnant, you should be aware of every chemical that goes into your body and how it might affect your growing child.
Heavy coffee drinkers should consider cutting down if they become pregnant or are trying to conceive. There is some controversy about whether or not caffeine is harmful to fetuses, but some studies suggest that large amounts of caffeine per day may increase risk for miscarriage, preterm delivery, and low birth weight.

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Women who are trying to become pregnant should limit their caffeine consumption. Studies have linked caffeine intake to lower levels of fertility. Women who took in more than 300 milligrams per day were twice as likely to have delayed conception for up to a year.

General Effects of Caffeine
Caffeine moves through the body very quickly, entering the nervous system in as little as 15 minutes. It causes the heart rate and blood pressure to rise, which is why it is classified as a stimulant. It is also a diuretic, which means it will cause more frequent urination and may cause an overall reduction of your bodily fluids.

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Effects of Caffeine on Fetuses
As your pregnancy progresses, your metabolic ability to process caffeine slows down, increasing its effects. Some of the effects of caffeine, such as dehydration, can be harmful to the fetus and mother. In addition, caffeine is easily transferred through the placenta from mother to fetus. Since fetuses have a much less mature metabolism, a fetus may experience higher levels of caffeine for longer periods of time than its mother.
Some studies have reported that even small intakes of caffeine affect the heart rate of the fetus and the fetus' movement patterns. There have also been reports that suggest caffeine consumption may be linked with miscarriages. Women who consumed five or more cups of coffee a day had double the risk of miscarriage, while those that consumed less experienced no such side effects.

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Caffeine Use During Pregnancy

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12 comments

  1. Bernadette says:

    I used to drink coffee all day, right up until bed. Since becoming pregnant (now 24 weeks) I have been drinking one travel mug of coffee each morning, then switching to water. After this article, I’m cutting it off completely. No more coffee for me!

  2. kristi12 says:

    I just try to keep it to a minimum. I don’t drink coffee but I do drink cokes on occasion. I only drink coke on the weekends if at all since getting pregnant.

  3. renee200823 says:

    I dont get coffee often, its cokes that I really need to stay away from! 🙁

  4. verochka31 says:

    i only drink one to one in a half cups a day only because my blood pressure has been on the low side and coffee helps with my early morning headache. otherwise i can do without coffee.

  5. Froina says:

    i love soda!!!! so now i only drink sprite. but not very much.

  6. Jeanetta says:

    I only have one cup of coffee a day…

  7. I have many different things from caffeine in small doses (about a cup of coffee a day) is okay while others say no caffeine during pregnancy. Just to play it safe I haven’t had any, but I know people that had it throughout their pregnancy and their children are fine. I just don’t want to take the chance.

  8. insignia820 says:

    I definitely decreased my intake to one cup a day

  9. Anna says:

    I just quit coffee when I got pregnant. However, sometimes I make a tiny cup as it helps me with constipation.

  10. SammysMOMMY says:

    I’m addicted to SODA! I have cut down my consumption a whole lot since I got pregnant!

  11. DH says:

    i drink coffee soda on occasion :/

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