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Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

If you're wondering whether you can still have your cup of coffee in the morning, learn exactly how much caffeine you can drink while pregnant.

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-If you're just a little tiny bit scary in the morning before your coffee or tea, you're probably just a little bit interested in what's safe and what's not when it comes to caffeine and your pregnancy. Let me drill that down for you. 200 mg of caffeine a day is A okay according to doctors. The 200 mg doesn't look like this. In general, a 12-ounce cup of coffee has roughly 200 mg caffeine already. Of course, some of the leading chains pack a little more of buzz. So, order a short or a small 8-ounce cup, which weighs at 180 mg of caffeine. Not a big coffee drinker? You can have roughly 3 cups of black tea and still be within the safe range for caffeine. Studies show that women who ignore the 200 mg can have twice the risk of miscarriage. So know your limit. There are three different processes used to decaffeinate your favorite drinks. Two of 'em, indirect decaffeination and the Swiss water process are both perfectly safe. Some companies use what's called the direct process where your coffee beans and tea leaves come into direct contact with harsh chemicals. That's the one you should avoid. Read labels and ask about the process before you take a sip. Bottoms up!