Question: Is caffeinated coffee safe during pregnancy?
Experts recommend that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant consume no more than 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day. This is the amount of caffeine in about one 12-ounce cup of coffee.
Some studies suggest that larger amounts of caffeine may contribute to fertility problems or miscarriage.
The source of the caffeine does not matter; the risk is the same for caffeine from coffee, tea, sodas and other foods and drinks. Women should be aware of which foods and drinks contain caffeine so they can limit their intake when they are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
What foods and drinks contain caffeine?
During pregnancy, caffeine crosses the placenta and reaches the baby. Caffeine may decrease blood flow to the placenta, which may harm the baby. For these reasons, Pregnant women should avoid caffeine, but if consumed should limit their intake to less than 200 mg a day.
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