Caffeine & Pregnancy

  • Caffeine and miscarriages.  US researchers found that pregnant women who have large doses of caffeine every day, for example from coffee, tea, hot chocolate or caffeinated soda or fizzy drinks, have an increased risk of losing their baby through miscarriage.
  • As a precaution, the Food and Drug Administration has been recommending since 1981 that women eliminate or cut down on caffeine if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.  (FDA)

What Women Can Do
  • Director of Women's Health at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, Dr Tracy Flanagan, had this recommendation for pregnant women who feel a need for a daily "energy jolt":
    • "Learn to perk up instead with natural energy boosts like a brisk walk, yoga stretches, snacking on dried fruits and nuts."
    • "If you definitely need caffeine to get you going, try keeping it to one cup or less a day. Avoiding it may be even better. Consider switching to decaffeinated coffee and other decaffeinated beverages during your pregnancy," she advised.
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