You can drink coffee in ‘moderate quantity’ while pregnant, but caffeine consumption must be restricted to only 200 milligrams (mg) per day.
That’s roughly one and a half cup of coffee per day.
Still, there are controversial studies where one saying it is safe while the other says it isn’t.
Back in 2015, a study was published, which concluded it is safe to consume moderate caffeine during pregnancy.
However, Dr. Mercola, who is an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic physician and web entrepreneur say, “Pregnant women should not drink coffee at all.”
It’s a myth that women who consume coffee while pregnant give birth to children with lower IQs. In fact, a study proved it wrong and said caffeine does not affect the IQ level of the child. This study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
While it is safe, I must mention again, 200 milligram is the maximum quantity that can be consumed.
You must be well-aware of the caffeine content present in your daily cup of coffee. It varies from how you brew coffee or from where you bought it.
Here, decaf coffee would be perfect since it has 97% of the caffeine removed, but it still has 12 to 25 mg. of caffeine present in it.
How Many Cups Of Coffee Can You Drink While Pregnant?
As mentioned earlier, during pregnancy, your daily caffeine intake should not exceed 200 mg.
If you are habitual of drinking 4 to 6 cups a day, I would recommend to cut down or switch to decaf.
Sarah Schenker, who is an expert dietitian at Baby Centre strictly recommends limiting your caffeine intake to 200 mg. Only during pregnancy.
To be honest, there is a big myth that you should give up coffee while pregnant. Moderate quantity (200 mg. of caffeine = two mugs of instant coffee) are perfect to enjoy a brew.
Should You Give Up Caffeine During Pregnancy?
Though a safe quantity of caffeine is ok. If you are too sensitive and want to remain on the safe side, you can give it up.
However, cravings can change your mood anytime, in that case, you should opt for decaf or intake no more than 200 mg. a day.
That being said; there is absolutely no risk of drinking a moderate quantity of coffee during pregnancy.
If you are a coffee addict, always remember that your child’s safety must be your top priority.
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