Caffeine

Pregnant women should limit their intake of caffeine. Metabolism of caffeine is slowed during pregnancy - caffeine takes two to three times longer to be metabolized and excreted - so levels in the maternal blood are elevated for longer periods. Caffeine readily passes through the placenta to the fetus. Ingestion of more than 300 mg caffeine/day (more than three cups of coffee) during pregnancy may be harmful to the fetus - impairing growth and development and increasing risk of miscarriage.10 Even at lower levels of intake (about two cups of coffee), caffeine constricts the blood vessels in the placenta. This can restrict blood flow through the placenta and reduce the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus.10 Pregnant women should limit or eliminate their caffeine intake by avoiding coffee, black tea, chocolate, and colas.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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