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It is best to avoid caffeine intake whenever possible during pregnancy. If not impossible, limit the amount you get each day. If you’re pregnant, limit caffeine to 200 milligrams or less a day (about one 12-ounce cup of coffee). If you’re breastfeeding, limit caffeine to no more than two cups of coffee a day.
Caffeine isn’t limited to coffee. Caffeine is found in Tea, energy drinks, some soft drinks, ice cream, chocolate and chocolate products such as cocoa.
Here are two ways to reduce the amount of caffeine intake:
- Switch to decaffeinated beverages
- Shorten the time you brew hot beverages. For example, brewing a tea bag for just one minute instead of several minutes can decrease caffeine amount by as much as half.
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References and Resources
- March of Dimes – Caffeine in Pregnancy
- Mayo Clinic – Avoid Excess Caffeine
- US National Library of Medicine – Effects of restricted caffeine intake by mother on fetal, neonatal and pregnancy outcomes