Pregnancy / Childbirth

Coffee during pregnancy - prohibited, allowed? What is it finally like?


Future mothers, after learning that they are pregnant, suddenly start looking at their own daily habits, full of doubts with lots of questions on the lips.

They are looking for clear directions - what is safe and what is better to give up. One of the more common dilemmas is the topic - coffee during pregnancy - can you drink it? Is it better to give it up?

Here latest recommendations on this topic.

Coffee during pregnancy - is it allowed?

Coffee is pregnant allowed but in limited quantity.

You can decide for a maximum of two cups, actually the equivalent of 100 mg caffeine - remember that in terms of caffeine content, different types of coffee differ (more on that below).

During a study in San Francisco on 1,000 women however, no adverse effects on the fetus were found when the woman drank up to 3 cups of coffee a day. It has been proven that only the caffeine content at the level 200 mg daily increases the risk of miscarriage (increases, but of course it is not so that it clearly determines such termination of pregnancy).

It turned out that women who drank 200 mg of caffeine a day had up to 25 percent risk of pregnancy loss, those who drank 100 mg daily risked 15%, and in women who did not drink coffee in the first trimester, the risk of miscarriage was 12%.

The effect of coffee on fetal development was also checked among animals. An experiment was conducted on cows. When cows were given a caffeine content greater than that found in three cups of coffee, calves were born smaller. Too much caffeine, which has also been shown adversely affects the circulation in the placenta, which in turn reduced the flow of blood and oxygen to the child.

Coffee during pregnancy - how much can I drink?

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends a daily intake of up to 200 mg. This amount of caffeine does not increase the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery.

William H. Barth Jr., MD, chairman of the ACOG commission, states: "After reviewing the scientific evidence, it is recognized that moderate caffeine intake on a daily basis does not appear to have a significant impact on the cause of miscarriage or premature delivery."

How much caffeine is in food?

The topic of coffee in pregnancy will be clearer if we answer the question how much caffeine is in popular foods. Approximate values ​​below. Note that caffeine can be found not only in coffee, but also in tea, not to mention cola drinks.

espresso - 425 mg / 250 ml

coffee from a filter coffee maker - 135 mg / 250 ml

brewed coffee - 95mg / 250 ml

black tea -70 mg / 250 ml

green tea - 42 mg / 250 ml

Do you drink coffee during pregnancy?