Most of us love a hot cup of Java in the morning to get us going and some love to drink it throughout the day, however research has shown that pregnant women should not consume more than a 12 ounce cup of caffeine per day.
There are many things other than coffee that contain caffeine such as tea, soda, chocolate, coffee flavored ice cream, chocolate syrup, hot cocoa, and some over the counter pain relievers. Consuming more than 12 ounces of caffeine a day could put a woman at risk for a miscarriage says the March of Dimes of Broward County.
Further studies have shown that women who consume more than four cups of coffee a day are at risk for having a still born. Women who drink more than eight cups of coffee a day are even at higher risk for having a still born.
If you are an avid coffee drinker and become pregnant, withdrawal may be very painful, with a whopping big headache. My suggestion to you as a pregnant woman is to decrease your caffeine intake gradually by using half decaf and half regular over a week until you are completely done with caffeinated products.
Although you may love coffee, you must love your baby more. I have heard many clients say this isn’t going to hurt my baby and even after educating them they still continue with their bad habits. It is everyone’s choice to do what they want while pregnant, however what you do during pregnancy will surely affect your newborn. Drinking coffee may make your new born restless and unable to sleep after birth especially if you are breast feeding. It also may cause you the inability to sleep and you surely need all the sleep you can while pregnant.
The March of Dimes here in Broward County has many great educational features on their website regarding everything about pregnancy. Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies’ lives.
Tip of the Day:
Find more nutritious things to drink like water, milk, orange juice, and soy products. I never heard of anyone dieing from giving up coffee for a few months. Every single day that you provide your unborn child with a healthy life style, you are that closer to having a healthy happy baby.