A sip of hot coffee makes our day. But does it behave the same way when you are pregnant, that’s an information worth finding out.
Let’s start with what does coffee contain. One cup of coffee, i.e. around 237 g, contains 94.8 mg caffeine, a stimulant of central nervous system. It is said that between 150-200 mg of caffeine is acceptable for a pregnant woman. So, an expectant mother is allowed to enjoy two cups of coffee at max.
Why the concern?
If a pregnant woman drinks more than 200 mg of caffeine a day, they face a higher risk of miscarriage. Babies of caffeine consuming mothers are born with much lower weight and face increased health problems when they grow old. Too much caffeine also leads to increase in heart rate and that applies to baby’s heart as well.
Is any coffee allowed?
No. If you are having instant coffee, then two mugs are allowed, but when it comes to brewed coffee, please stick to one mug. Also take care that same type of coffee bought from different outlets may have different amount of caffeine. A research suggested that a similar mug of coffee bought from two different outlets had a difference of around 250 mg of caffeine levels. You can try decaffeinated coffee as well.
Other sources of caffeine
Tea, including green tea, cola, energy drinks and chocolate; all are sources of caffeine. So, if you are having all of these too while you are pregnant, cut down on coffee intake even more. Because 200 mg is all that’s allowed.