Caffeine Use During Pregnancy

Effects of Caffeine on Newborns
Excessive caffeine intake during pregnancy may shorten gestation and lower a baby's birth weight. For some babies, these changes could be slight and harmless, but for newborns that already have birth problems, these minor changes could become dangerous. Any chemical put into the mother's body can be transferred to the baby through breast milk, including caffeine. Babies who drink breast milk containing caffeine may be cranky and have irregular sleep patterns. Just as in pregnancy, mothers who are breastfeeding should maintain a reduced intake of caffeinated drinks and be aware of any medication that may contain caffeine. While excessive caffeine use can cause noticeable changes in the baby's behavior, consuming foods and drinks that contain limited amounts of caffeine should not affect breastfeeding babies.

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Other Foods
There are many foods that contain caffeine that you may not be aware of. If you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding, you should be cautious and check the labels to see if the foods, drinks, or medications you use contain caffeine.
Foods made with chocolate contain caffeine, although usually only slight amounts. Some headache medicines and those designed for cold and sinus often contain caffeine. Some dietary supplements, energy drinks, and weight loss pills may contain caffeine, but often do not have labels telling how much.

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Caffeine Use During Pregnancy

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  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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