When a woman gets pregnant, there would be a lot of do’s and don’tsshe must follow in order to ensure the well-being of her baby. Some restrictions can be based on culture, religion or science.
Although these restrictions might not be the best for you, it is better to consult your doctor on what you can and can’t do in order to make sure that you can still enjoy some activities or foods while you are pregnant.
One of the things that you’re definitely not allowed is the intake of coffee during pregnancy. This is based on numerous studies conducted in order to see the effects of coffee on a developing baby.
Prescribed Consumption of Caffeine
Although the topic on how many milligrams of coffee a woman should take during pregnancy is still being debated heavily, and there are conflicting conclusions drawn from various studies, the most prescribed and deemed safe amount to be consumed is 200 mg per day or one 12-ounce cup of coffee. It’s best to wash it down with water from the kitchen faucet
How Coffee Affects the Baby
Since babies, whether they are newly born or still in the womb, have no ability to metabolize or detoxify the caffeine that gets absorbed by their bodies, they are not yet fully capable of handling the caffeine that is stored in their bloodstream compared to their mothers.
When caffeine gets absorbed by your baby, it can affect his heart development, making the tissues that separate the heart’s chambers thinner. As a result, it will reduce the function of the heart over the whole lifespan of the child.
Studies also point out that ingesting coffee during pregnancy can also cause an increase in heart rate in babies since a baby’s underdeveloped liver can’t filter the caffeine out of his body compared to adults’. Miscarriages and low birth weight can also be among the many effects of drinking coffee while pregnant. This can also include cooking too.
Drinking coffee during pregnancy can also cause you dehydration since it is considered a diuretic and can cause you to frequently visit your bathroom from time to time. Absorbing iron from the food that you consume can also be lesser due to the caffeine that your coffee contains.
Also, since there are no definite conclusions drawn yet from various studies that are being currently conducted, it is better to be safe than risk the life of the child that you are carrying in your womb. The health of your baby during the 9-month period and after birth is more important than temporarily fulfilling a craving.
If consuming coffee is unavoidable, it’d be better if the intake is lessened gradually, since a sudden withdrawal could cause headaches and migraines. A little dose could be enough to reduce headaches. A little tip to also consider is to slowly take in your beverage to prevent the sudden and addictive jolt that caffeine does in your bloodstream whenever you down a whole cup in one go.
Still, it would be best for both you and your baby to avoid drinking coffee during pregnancy.