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Coffee and Pregnancy: Is Coffee Safe During Pregnancy?

Coffee and pregnancy: Is Coffee safe during pregnancy? How dangerous is it to drink coffee during pregnancy? These are some common questions asked by pregnant women related to coffee intake during the pregnancy period. In this article you will learn about the facts on coffee and pregnancy. Read on to know more about your favourite drink coffee and its effects during pregnancy.

Coffee is a widely used beverage around the world. There are decades of controversies and conflicting reports on whether it is safe to drink coffee during pregnancy. Read on to find out how dangerous is it to drink coffee during pregnancy. 

In pregnancy, excessive caffeine intake is considered unsafe. However, there is no need to give up the habit of drinking coffee if you are not drinking excessively.

The rule of the thumb is to avoid exceeding 200mg of caffeine a day. Roughly, two cups of  instant coffee can add that amount.  Occasionally, exceeding that amount does not do much harm. High caffeine intake in pregnancy is associated with miscarriage and low birth weight.

Ever wondered what makes you feel fresh and alert after taking a cup of coffee? Caffeine being a stimulant can boost heart rate and metabolism. A similar effect can be seen in case of baby in the womb.

Coffee is not the only source of caffeine. Green tea, chocolates, coke cans , energy drinks, chocolate spread, coffee flavoured candy and several other foodstuffs can boost the caffeine intake in a single day.  Caffeine can cross the placental barrier and reach the baby. It the womb, the baby's systems are not developed to process coffee.

High intake of caffeine can disturb your sleep pattern. Coffee taken towards the end of the day can affect your sleep causing you to remain awake at night. When coffee is filtered out of the body, it can cause headaches, sleepiness during the day and tiredness. Coffee intake can be addictive and it is best to limit the intake beyond a point.

Heartburn is a common problem during pregnancy. Coffee can stimulate the secretion of stomach acids and the problem of heartburn can worsen. During the second and third trimester, it takes longer for caffeine to be filtered out of the body. The end result - heartburn might last several hours.

Iron is particularly important in diet during pregnancy. The need for iron doubles in pregnancy. Iron is needed to make haemoglobin, an important protein in the body, which helps to carry oxygen to your cells. Coffee taken along with a meal can prevent the absorption of iron form non meat food sources. Therefore, it is important to enjoy the cup of coffee in between two meals when you are pregnant.

Even after pregnancy, coffee intake must be controlled if you are breastfeeding. Coffee intake in moderation will not hurt your baby. In short, you don't have to give up drinking coffee during the pregnancy period, but must not exceed the intake even when  you crave for a cup of coffee.  

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