Pregnant and need that extra cup of jo to get you going in the morning? Well, you have most likely been told that pregnant women should decrease or eliminate their caffeine intake so they can reduce their chances of premature delivery, low-birth-weight babies and miscarriage. Many wonder if they should give up the all caffeine during pregnancy?
Well, British researchers have recently worked on determining if there is a safe amount to consume each day. They found that women who had more than 300 milligrams of caffeine (from coffee, tea, soft drinks or chocolate) were more likely to have lower-birth-weight babies than women who only had 30 mg. each day. The average cup of coffee has about 40 mg.
One cup of coffee, tea or soft drink a day will most likely be O.K. but you should check with your doctor first. It may be safer to give up the stimulant completely for those important nine months.