Drinking coffee during pregnancy

With so much conflicting advice for new mothers, it’s often hard to be sure about what’s safe and what to avoid when it comes to diet. One of the items on the list that seems to cause confusion is coffee, which attracts various amounts of controversy.

The bottom line is that expert sources such as the Royal College of Midwives and the Food Standards Agency all agree that drinking coffee in moderation (up to two cups a day) is fine if you’re pregnant or breast feeding. In fact, the Royal College of Midwives specifically say that there’s no definitive evidence to prove that a moderate amount of caffeine has any adverse effect on pregnant women.

How much caffeine is it safe to consume during pregnancy?

In 2008, the Food Standards Agency issued advice that suggested pregnant women to consume no more than 200mg a day of caffeine. This is equivalent to one espresso shot, two mugs of instant coffee or one mug of strong filter coffee.

A Danish study carried out in 2007 monitored how much caffeine was consumed by over 600 pregnant women and found that two cups a day had no adverse effect at all on factors such as birth weight.

If you prefer your caffeine jolt first thing in the morning to get you going, then switch to decaffeinated for the rest of the day. Do remember that if you drink a lot of strong tea or cola or eat a lot of plain chocolate, these also contain caffeine and should really be counted towards the total.

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