I love my morning wake-me-up coffee. But I'm pregnant — can I still
have my morning cup of coffee? – Dipti
Check with your doctor about having caffeine
during your pregnancy. One cup of coffee is usually OK, but it's best to not have
more than that. It's hard to know exactly how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee.
The total can depend on things like the brand of coffee and the size of the cup.
Studies show that getting more than 150–200 milligrams (about 1–2 cups
of coffee) of caffeine a day during pregnancy may not be healthy. High amounts of
caffeine during pregnancy has been linked to problems with a baby's growth and development.
To help you cut back on caffeine:
First, limit coffee to one or two cups a day.
Start mixing decaffeinated coffee with regular coffee.
Then, stop drinking the caffeinated coffee.
Don't forget that caffeine also can be in:
other foods and drinks, such as tea, chocolate, and energy drinks