July 02, 2015

Q: Can I have caffeine while I'm pregnant?

A: Morning latte junkies, rejoice: You don't have to completely give caffeine the boot, although you should cut back while you're expecting. Some studies have linked heavy caffeine consumption with miscarriage and birth defects, so experts say you shouldn't consume more than 300 milligrams per day. (That's equivalent to two cups of coffee or about six cans of cola or cups of tea.) With that in mind, you might want to trade your double-shot espresso for decaf coffee or tea, with only five milligrams of caffeine per cup. And keep an eye out for hidden sources of caffeine, such as coffee ice creams and yogurt, which can pack 50 to 85 milligrams per serving. --Sally Kuzemchak

Answered by Parents Team


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