Can I drink caffeinated beverages like coffee and cola?
Research about caffeine and pregnancy is conflicting. The latest research shows that consuming more than 200 mg may increase the risk of miscarriage. Because of this, the March of Dimes suggests limiting your intake of caffeine to 200 mg—about 1 cup of coffee for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
Some sodas, teas, caffeinated energy drinks, and dark chocolate contain about this much caffeine:
- 8 ounces of tea has 37 mg
- 12 ounces of soda has 37 mg
- 1 ounce of dark chocolate has 30 mg
Caffeine content of coffee and tea can vary greatly depending on the proportions of water to coffee beans or tea leaves and the method of preparation. If you chose to decrease or eliminate caffeine in your diet, the switch should be easy, since most beverages are now available in decaffeinated versions.
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