Pregnancy Health

Caffeine Or Not During Pregnancy

The ‘caffeine during pregnancy issue’ is somewhat of a grey area because caffeine is not viewed by most people as dangerous.

In January, a Danish study was released as ‘reassurance’ to expecting moms that they could have up to 300mgs of caffeine per day. The NYtimes examines a few studies that were done in previous years and finds that consuming one to three cups of coffee a day had a 30 percent increased risk of miscarriage, while those who had the equivalent of at least five cups had more than double the risk.

There is now general agreement that low caffeine intake during pregnancy — about 150 milligrams a day, or roughly 1.5 cups of coffee — is safe.

Here is an example of how much caffeine is in your favourite beverages:

8-ounce Beveragemilligrams
Coffee, Drip 115-175
Coffee, Brewed 80-135
Coffee, Espresso (2 ounces) 100
Coffee, Instant 65-100
Tea, iced 47
Tea, brewed, imported brands (avg.) 60
Tea, brewed, U.S. brands (avg.) 40
Tea, instant 30
Tea, green15
Hot cocoa 14
Coffee, Decaf, brewed 3-4
Coffee, Decaf, instant 2-3
12-ounce beveragemilligrams
Red Bull (8.2 oz) 80.0
Jolt 71.2
Pepsi One55.5
Mountain Dew 55.0
Mountain Dew Code Red 55.0
Diet Mountain Dew 55.0
Kick Citrus 54.0
Mellow Yellow 52.8
Surge 51.0
Tab 46.8

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