Caffeine is a stimulant present in coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate, and some over-the-counter medications. Recent studies have shown that heavy caffeine consumption – that is, over 300 milligrams per day – can increase a woman’s of delivering a baby with a low birth weight.
A 1993 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association report consuming the amount of caffeine in 1 1/2 to 3 cups of coffee per day nearly doubled the risk of miscarriage. In addition, drinking 3 or more coffees a day during the month before becoming pregnant also increased risk. Other studies have not always agreed. An article in the same journal months earlier reported that drinking three or fewer 8-ounce cups of co per day did not increase the risk of miscarriage or affect fetal development. Drinking 1 or 2 cups a day may not harm your baby. On the other hand, you are pregnant for only 9 months and should do everything possible to ensure a healthy child.
Caffeine is found in many common food and nonfood items. It is also sent in products that you may not associate with being high in caffeine.
Many delicious decaffeinated coffees and teas are now available However, milk, water, and fruit juices should make up the bulk of your fluid intake for maximum nutrition. Coffee has no nutritional value.
Caffeine Levels in Common Sources
|Root Beer||12 ounces||23 milligrams|
|Caffeinated water||16.9 ounces||50-125 milligrams|
|Cappuccino, instant||8 ounces||25-102 milligrams|
|Cappuccino flavored ice cream||1 cup||8-15 milligrams|
|Chocolate Bar||1 average||10-31 milligrams|
|Cocoa, prepared||1 cup||6-42 milligrams|
|Coffee, brewed||8 ounces||135 milligrams|
|Coffee, decaffeinated, brewed||5 ounces||3 milligrams|
|Coffee, instant, prepared||5 ounces||66 milligrams|
|Coffee flavored ice cream||1 cup||40-85 milligrams|
|Coffee flavored yogurt||8 ounces||45 milligrams|
|Cola||12 ounces||37-37 milligrams|
|Dr. Pepper||12 ounces||41 milligrams|
|Anacin||1 tablet||60 milligrams|
|Mountain Dew||12 ounces||55 milligrams|
|Orange Soda||12 ounces||40 milligrams|