Are you thinking twice about drinking coffee because you are pregnant? With increased
attention drawn to nutrition and health, many women wonder if it is safe to consume
products that contain caffeine during pregnancy.
Women can now put their minds to rest as recent research supports moderate consumption
of caffeine for women in general, including pregnant women.
- Coffee and fertility: Although a few earlier studies suggested
that consumption of caffeine could delay conception, recent scientific research
indicates that moderate consumption has no effect on the ability to conceive. Delayed
conception could be due to other factors such as excessive exercise, stress or other
- Coffee and morning sickness: Morning sickness is a common experience during
early pregnancy. During a normal pregnancy, hormone levels are high thus increasing
the likelihood of nausea. Therefore, some nauseated pregnant women may not desire
certain foods and beverages including those that contain caffeine! Doctors usually
advise pregnant women who experience nausea to consume bland foods and beverages
such as crackers and water.
- Coffee and breastfeeding: Women should also take note of what they eat while
breastfeeding to ensure healthy milk production. Limited caffeine consumption has
no effect on breastfeeding as the amount of caffeine passed to the infant through
breast milk is minimal and will not affect the baby. However, large amounts of caffeine
may lead to increased wakefulness and poor feeding for the baby. Therefore, it is
best to take coffee in moderation.
- It is solely based on you as an individual and varies from one person to another.
For any clarifications, you can check with your doctor.
- The general nutrition recommendation is to consume coffee in moderation and that’s
equivalent to two cups of coffee per day.
- Gradually decrease the number of cups you drink per day.
- Try to replace some of your coffee with decaffeinated coffee. A good idea would
be to put half of the quantity of coffee in your cup as decaf and the other half
as normal coffee.
- Do not exceed 2 cups of coffee during your pregnancy, and if you want more,
you should opt for decaffeinated coffee.
It is always advised to consult your doctor for any inquiries and concerns you have
during your pregnancy.