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How much caffeine is safe is pregnancy?

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Caffeine is one the most commonly consumed stimulants worldwide, and something that many pregnant women have difficulty giving up once they become pregnant.

Given that excess caffeine consumption has been linked to higher rates of miscarriage, the coffee question is one that I get asked about a lot in my clinical practice.

While the data is conflicting about how much your risks increase at higher doses, there is a general consensus that daily consumption of 300mg of caffeine or less should pose no additional risk of adverse pregnancy or neurodevelopmental outcomes.

So how much is 300mg per day of caffeine? About 16oz of coffee, or one Grande coffee if you are a Starbucks drinker.

In short, if you are pregnant and craving coffee, it should be okay to enjoy a cup a day, but stick to 16oz as your maximum, to avoid any unnecessary risks to your baby.

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Carr, P. (2000). Caffeine intake and the risk of first trimester spontaneous abortion. New England Journal of Medicine, 2000; 343: 1839-45.

Morgan, S. et al. (2013). Is caffeine consumption safe during pregnancy? College of Family Physicians of Canada. Canadian Family Physician, 59(4): 361-362.

 

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