Caffeine intake and its risks

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), caffeine intake must be limited to less than 200 mg per day, and ideally cut out completely. Caffeine trespasses through the placenta, meaning your baby is completely exposed to it. Besides, it takes your baby much longer to process it, so {he/she} is exposed to its effects much longer than you. Studies have shown that consuming over 400 mg of caffeine per day during pregnancy are associated with cleft palate, low birth weight, and preterm birth. Consuming it in smaller doses is associated with increased heart rate and increased activity; it’s also associated with lower calcium and iron levels, which are already low during pregnancy.

On the other hand, reducing your caffeine intake will also help you avoid insomnia, headaches, and heartburn. The longer you’ve been pregnant, the longer it will take for your system to process it, which means that the effects of caffeine will be stronger than usual.

Some caffeinated foods or beverages include tea, coffee, sodas, energy drinks, chocolate, and desserts. To guarantee your baby’s healthy development lower the intake of any caffeinated food and beverages. If you’re big on tea or coffee, you could start reducing your intake or try decaf. Remember that sometimes there’s caffeine in the food you’re not expecting to contain it, so it’s better to double check and keep track of your daily caffeine intake.

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