A cup of joe is a pick-me-up, a morning anthem before a full day of work, a comforting swoop in to save one from the post-lunch food coma, and something most people cannot do without.
But when you are pregnant, all the well-wishes come flooding in, and you hear:
“Don’t eat ___________! Don’t touch _________! It’s best you don’t _____________” more than a sick child would hear at a table full of spoiled food.
If you agree coffee is something that should not be sacrificed due to pregnancy, or you are interested in pregnant women and caffeine intake, read on. (And sip your cup of joe if you’re at it as well.)
Starbucks only brews one type of iced coffee in its locations, which lands between 120 and 165 mg, depending on whether you’re sipping out of a tall or grande cup. Steer clear of the venti size, though, as the 235 mg of caffeine that fits into the 24 oz cup will put you over the recommended daily limit.
Furthermore, a new meta-analysis has waded into the issue of caffeine consumption in pregnancy.
Preliminary results suggest that a dose-response increase in miscarriage is seen with increased caffeine consumption – ie, the higher the dose, the greater the risk. So ‘low’ intake of 50mg to 149mg a day is not suggested to increase the risk of miscarriage, but a ‘moderate intake’ (150mg to 349mg a day) increases the risk by 16 per cent, ‘high intake’ (350mg to 699 mg day) increases it by 40 per cent and ‘very high intake’ (more than 700mg a day) by 72 per cent.
What does this mean in practical terms? A small daily latte or single-shot espresso won’t increase your risk at all; anything more might. This link offers more detail.
For pregnant women and caffeine, at one end of the spectrum, drinking a cup of coffee a day can be confidently considered safe. At the other end, there’s good reason to believe that drinking more than 8 cups of coffee a day may harm your baby. And in between those extremes? Moms will have to make a decision based on a number of factors. If your lifestyle or constitution doesn’t dictate a great need for caffeine, you might decide to cut it out entirely. On the other hand, if you require 4 cups of coffee to function, you may choose to drink the coffee you feel you need
As a rough guide:
- One mug of instant coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine.
- One mug of filter coffee has about 140 mg of caffeine.
- One mug of tea has about 75 mg of caffeine.
- One 50 g plain chocolate bar has about 50 mg of caffeine. Milk chocolate has about half the caffeine that plain chocolate has.
- One can of cola or half a can of an energy drink has up to 40 mg of caffeine.
This article was adapted from various sources