Can pregnant women drink coffee? Is it bad or safe? Is drinking coffee during pregnancy safe or not, you asked? The answer to this question is: “it depends”. According to some studies, consuming coffee during pregnancy can actually harm your baby’s health. But if you know how to limit your caffeine intake, you should be pretty safe.
Yes, we know you are a coffee addict and giving up coffee for nearly 9 months is a nightmare to you. That’s why we put together this infographic. We are going to walk you through the 6 negative effects of caffeine on your baby’s health. There are 3 things you can do to minimize the harmful effects of caffeine consumption while pregnant.
- First, you need to know the fact that when you drink coffee while pregnant, caffeine can reach your baby through the placenta and cause negative effects on your baby’s health because your baby’s metabolism is not developed yet.
- Second, you may already know that caffeine is a stimulant and it can raise your heart rate, blood pressure… while being pregnant and it is not recommended by the doctors.
- Third, coffee causes excessive urination, triggering dehydration. If you are not drinking enough water, it may affect your baby too.
Is it bad or safe to drink coffee drink coffee while pregnant?
Also, some studies have already shown that consuming coffee during pregnancy can lead to delayed conception, birth and after birth complications. We can come to the conclusion that drinking coffee while you are pregnant can harm your baby.
But it does not mean that we need to stop drinking coffee while being pregnant to keep your baby safe. As long as your everyday caffeine intake does not exceed 200mg, it’s pretty safe for your baby. Drinking espresso, low-caffeine beverages and decaf coffee is a brilliant idea.
Please remember that the effects of caffeine may vary from individual to individual so it’d be better to check with your doctor before taking any coffee during pregnancy.