So, you’re pregnant and you want to know whether that morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea are a thing of the past now?
Here’s the facts about caffeine during pregnancy.
How much caffeine is safe when pregnant?
The NHS recommends that pregnant women should limit caffeine to 200 milligrams (mg) a day.
Why limit caffeine in pregnancy?
High levels of caffeine in pregnancy can result in babies having a low birthweight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life.
What contains caffeine?
- Coffee – 100-150mg
- Tea – 75mg
- Coke – 40mg
- Chocolate – 10-25mg
How can I avoid caffeine?
Caffeine is actually pretty easily avoided nowadays. You can choose caffeine free pop most of the time.
You’ll probably want to avoid energy drinks as these contain a lot of caffeine, as well as a host of other weird and wonderful ingredients.
There’s usually decaf versions of coffee and tea available. Some have naturally lower levels of caffeine in such as redbush and peppermint tea.
Other sources of energy during pregnancy
Unfortunately, when you’re pregnant you can feel soooo tired you might be desperate for that caffeine hit. Try saving your coffee/tea for a time in the day when you really need it. Mine is often about 2 or 3 a clock to give me the energy to get the toddler out to the park, fed, bathed and into bed…phew.
Or you can try some natural sources of energy in pregnancy – think foods rich in iron, protein and fibre.