One of the most popular stimulants in the world is caffeine. But pregnant women should limit their intake because it can increase blood pressure.
According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Jessica Gleason, children of mothers who drank caffeinated beverages during pregnancy were smaller than children of mothers who didn’t.
To be clear, according to Gleason, there are very small differences in height in the offspring of mothers who drank caffeine during pregnancy.
Facts on Caffeine
Both a stimulant and a diuretic.It is a stimulant, which means it increases blood pressure and heart rate, two things you should avoid during pregnancy.
Also, does make you urinate more often. As a result, the fluid levels in your body drop, which can lead to dehydration.
The stimulant gets to your kid through the placenta. Your kid lacks the enzymes necessary to metabolize it. Even if you may be able to handle the amounts you feed your body.
In the later stages of pregnancy, any amount of it can alter your baby’s typical movement or sleep patterns. It is a stimulant, so keep in mind that it can keep you and your infant awake.
In addition to coffee, caffeine can also be present in tea, soda, chocolate, and several over-the-counter headache treatments. Be cautious of what you ingest.
Facts or Myths?
The use of caffeine in humans results in birth abnormalities.
Facts: Caffeine has been linked to a number of reproductive issues in animals, including birth abnormalities, preterm labor, lower fertility, and an increased chance of low birth weight and other reproductive issues.
Since there haven’t been any clear studies conducted on humans, it’s still best to err on the side of caution.
There’s a claim that the stimulant impairs fertility.
Facts: High amounts of this stimulant consumption and delayed conception have been linked in several studies.
The claim that caffeinated drinks result in miscarriages
Two investigations conducted in 2008 on the effects of coffee in relation to miscarriage produced noticeably different findings. According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who use 200 mg or more of caffeine daily have a double the risk of miscarriage as those who don’t.
A 2015 meta-analysis found that the risk of miscarriage increased by 8% for every additional two cups of coffee per day and by 19% for every increase in caffeine consumption of 150 mg per day.
In a different study published by Epidemiology, women who drank a small amount of coffee every day did not have an elevated risk ( between 200-350mg per day.)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the March of Dimes advise pregnant women to limit their daily caffeine intake to fewer than 200 mg due to the contradictory results of various research. This is roughly equivalent to one 12-ounce cup of coffee.
What percentage of caffeine is in your favorite snacks and drinks?
- Coffee, average (check the specific blend & café that you purchase from for specific levels):
- Brewed, 8 oz. | 95 – 165 mg
- Brewed, decaf, 8 oz. | 2 – 5 mg
- Espresso, 1 oz. | 47 – 64 mg
- Latte, 8 oz. | 63 – 126 mg
- Dr. Pepper (12 oz) 37 mg
- 7 Eleven Big Gulp Diet Coke (32 oz) 124 mg
- 7 Eleven Big Gulp Coca-Cola (32 oz) 92 mg
- Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Buzz Ice Cream (8 oz) 72 mg
- Baker’s chocolate (1 oz) 26 mg
- Green tea (6 oz) 40 mg
- Black tea (6 oz) 45 mg
- Excedrin (per capsule) 65mg
Your best bet is to stay as far away from caffeinated beverages as you can. If you must get your fix, it is essential to talk this over with your doctor to determine what best course of action for both you and your unborn child.