Many women have caffeine during pregnancy. And in small amounts, caffeine is safe for the baby. It's a good idea to keep your caffeine intake below 200 mg a day, because:1
Avoid caffeine, or limit your intake to about 1 cup of coffee or tea
Caffeine can be found in many types of drinks and in chocolate. The
amount of caffeine in your coffee or tea can depend on the serving size, the
brand, or how it was brewed.
It is important to keep track of your caffeine intake throughout the
day. Check the label if you do not know how much caffeine is in your drink or
chocolate bar. Talk to your doctor about caffeine and nutrition during
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during pregnancy and risk of miscarriage: A prospective cohort study.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Published
online January 28, 2008 (doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2007.10.803).
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2010). Moderate caffeine consumption during pregnancy. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 462. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 116(2): 467–468.
July 23, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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