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How Much Caffeine Is Okay During Pregnancy?

July 22, 2010, 5:12 PM by Kelli Grant

How Much Caffeine Is Okay During Pregnancy?
SIOUX FALLS, SD - If you're pregnant, you may have decided to abandon your usual cup of coffee and your ability to function in the morning. But good news for expecting moms: some caffeine during pregnancy should be okay.

Some studies suggest consuming a lot of caffeine can lead to miscarriage or is linked to a higher risk. But what is considered a lot? The March of Dimes says if you're expecting, you should have no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day. That's about one cup of coffee.

Caffeine is a stimulant and can be found in drinks like tea and soft drinks, as well as chocolate and some medications. According to the March of Dimes, caffeine can cross into the placenta and reach the baby. That's why it's advised women be cautious when it comes to consuming large amounts of caffeine. Doctors agree but say be prepared if you plan to cut out caffeine all together.

"A lot of pregnant women will get rid of their caffeine all together and then they have the unwanted side effect of headaches and fatigue and they wonder, 'What's that all about?' So I say that it's okay to have a morning cup of coffee when you're pregnant," Obstetrician Dr. Elisa Ross said.

Once the baby is born, you may want to stick to your pregnancy routine. That's because the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends new moms limit caffeine intake if breastfeeding.

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