Caffeine during pregnancy

While an embryo/fetus is still developing, maternal nutrition is very important, especially considering that some of the products that adults consume can be very damaging to the baby’s health whilst in the uterus and later on in life. When Dear Son was in the tummy, I avoided all sorts of caffeine regardless of the source — coffee, chocolate, or even an innocent cup of tea. It was a tough thing to do since I run on caffeine. It was my first pregnancy; I was extra-cautious. Thinking back, and reading more, I think I could probably cut myself some slack. 🙂 Some of my findings, again from the Internet, are as follows.

What is the impact of caffeine on childbirth?

A study conducted by researchers of National Institutes of Health finds that couples’ pre-pregnancy caffeine consumption is linked to miscarriage risks. Results demonstrate that a woman is more likely to miscarry if she and her partner drink more than two caffeinated beverages a day during the weeks leading up to conception. In addition, women who drink more than two daily caffeinated beverages during the first seven weeks of pregnancy are also more likely to miscarry.

Another study published in BMC Medicine discovers that coffee-caffeine is associated with prolonged gestation. Caffeine intake during pregnancy is connected to low birth-weight of infants as well as a general rise in the length of pregnancy. The study described in the BMC Medicine article reveals a strong association between caffeine intake and infant being small at birth. This link was found whether or not the mothers smoked, suggesting that it was undoubtedly and solely due to caffeine ingestion.

Studies show that for every 100mg of Caffeine consumed, the birth weight was off by about an ounce and the pregnancy period extended by five hours. If the caffeine originated from coffee, the gestational period improved by eight hours for every 100mg consumed — a pronounced variation. The increased gestational duration connected with coffee consumption might either be due to another material in coffee, or possibly there is something distinctive in the behaviors of the coffee drinkers — which caused elevated maternity duration — not present in people who only drink teas.

When the baby is inside mom, the placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to the growing baby and removes waste products from the baby’s blood. A placental barrier inside mom is a layer of tissue in the placenta that serves as a selective membrane to substances passing from maternal to fetal blood. Caffeine is able to readily pass the placental barrier in the same manner that nutrients or oxygen can. A tiny-soft baby, often known as the embryo, is unable to inactivate caffeine properly, which causes health concerns.

What is the suggested safe amount of caffeine for a pregnant woman?

The World Health Organization currently suggests that a pregnant woman consumes no more than 300mg of caffeine each day — the quantity contained in about two cups of medium strength brewed coffee. A regular 8-oz cup of brewed coffee contains between 95mg to 165mg of caffeine. The reference to the e-library of World Health Organization regarding the safe coffee-amount can be found here.

Common caffeine sources

You will be surprised how common caffeine is in our food items. Some common sources of caffeine are listed below. It is the best to keep counting the caffeine intake while pregnant for the safety of the baby and the mom.

  1. Coffee beverages
  2. Soft drink
  3. Tea brews (particularly black and green tea)
  4. Chocolate bars
  5. Ice cream
  6. Pain relievers
  7. Energy water
  8. Breath fresheners
  9. SumSeeds energized sunflower seeds
  10. Some instant oatmeal (please check labels carefully)
  11. Beef jerky (strange, isn’t it?)

Caffeine from all resources reduce birth-weight and increase the overall length of maternity. It is a good habit to read labels of instant food items while pregnant because some of the instant items may contain more caffeine than even a regular cup of coffee.

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8 thoughts on “Caffeine during pregnancy

  1. Didn’t know about beef jerky! I craved it all the time when I was pregnant with my son. I ate a lot of it :/
  2. At least when you were pregnant you were extra-cautious, and for that you should have no regrets! Growing up, my dad would always use the phrase, “Moderation is the key!” And it applies to just about anything. I still use the phrase with my kids and sometimes my patients when we talk about sodium and carbs, LOL. Great info. Thanks for posting.
  3. The list is so interesting, I really had no idea like others have commented about beef jerky, breath freshener, oat meal, and sunflower seeds. Wow. Good to know, I’m not pregnant but when and if I do decide to have #2…this is definitely good info. 🙂
    1. Many items in the list was a surprise to us. As one reader put it nicely, moderation is the key. Glad you find the post useful. Have a wonderful weekend.

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