Pregnancy is a critical period for women. It is very important for soon-to-be moms to focus on their eating habits because, in the long run, it is going to affect their baby’s development. Some women are fond of beverages like coffee or tea and they start their morning routine with a cup of coffee.
Now the most common question asked by pregnant women is it safe to drink coffee during pregnancy? The answer is simple: yes, you can take a cup of coffee during pregnancy. But try to limit your intake of coffee during nine months.
Everybody knows that coffee contains caffeine which is not good for expecting moms and their developing babies. Actually, when you drink a cup of coffee, caffeine present in there crosses the placenta, enters into amniotic fluid and then easily become part of the bloodstream of your baby.
As the baby is still developing in the mother’s womb, it is no easy for a baby to process caffeine as quickly as the mother’s body can do which can be harmful to baby’s growth.
Researchers have been trying to figure out the adverse effects of caffeine on the pregnant women and their babies. They have come to a conclusion that if you are taking a little amount of caffeine (less than 200 mg, equals to two mugs of instant coffee or one mug of filter coffee), you can avoid the danger of miscarriage or premature delivery.
On the other hand, if you consume more than 300 mg caffeine in a day, you can face the dilemma of premature birth or miscarriage. You may also be facing the risk of having a baby with a low birth weight. Such kids with low birth weight may suffer from other health issues when they get older.
Proper sleep is a great blessing during pregnancy because if you take proper sleep, you feel more relaxed. But if you are a coffee lover, you may face the problem of insomnia. Basically, caffeine is a stimulant and it can also raise your heartbeat and blood pressure.
Many pregnant women experience the problem of low iron and doctors recommend them to eat healthy fruits and vegetable full of iron. Coffee contains such components that make it difficult for your body to absorb iron.
So, this is another reason to cut down on the use of coffee from your routine. But still, if you have craving for coffee, take it between your meals. This way, it will have less impact on your iron absorption.
Some safety measures are always necessary during the process of pregnancy. If you cut down the amount of coffee during pregnancy, you will feel positive effects on your health. Try to switch from filter coffee to instant coffee, as it is a little bit low in caffeine.
You can also weaken the strong effect of coffee by just adding a half teaspoon of it in your mug. Decaffeinated coffee during pregnancy is a great alternative as it almost has the same taste as normal coffee.
Always remember that pregnancy is just a nine-month period and will pass quickly, no matter how difficult it sounds, so if consumption of a food or drink can have a damaging effect on your developing baby, it is best to avoid it.