Risks of Caffeine Before Pregnancy & Conception

risks of caffeine before pregnancy conception

It’s no secret that we love our caffeine. Whether it’s reaching for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, grabbing a soda with lunch, or munching on a chocolate bar after dinner, it’s hard for most of us to go a whole day without caffeine. But, what does that mean when you are trying to conceive? Read on for the inside scoop on caffeine before pregnancy and conception. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

True or False: Caffeine may affect Conception

The jury is out on this one. Many doctors now say that caffeine in moderation is safe during pregnancy, but there have been studies in the past that indicate that caffeine might cause birth defects, preterm labor, low birth weight and more. The truth is that as of right now, the results are inconclusive, so it might be better to limit and control your caffeine intake until we know more.

True or False: Caffeine crosses the placenta

True. Caffeine increases blood pressure, heart rate, and urine production. It can cause jitters, nervousness, and trouble sleeping. Because caffeine can cross through the placenta to the baby, the baby can experience all of these symptoms as well. It can also decrease blood flow to the baby and cause problems.

True or False: Caffeine causes infertility

Sort of. There are been several different studies lately that indicate that caffeine may in fact cause delayed conception. This means that if you consume a lot of caffeine, it might be harder for you to get pregnant, or it might take longer for you to get pregnant.

True Or False: Pregnant women should NEVER consume caffeine

False. Doctors are now recommending that instead of completely cutting out caffeine, that pregnant women should consume only a small amount of caffeine. This is because of the fact that more research is needed on pregnant women and caffeine. Most doctors recommend women keep their caffeine intake between 150-300 mg daily.

True Or False: Caffeine is mostly found in soda

False. While a Starbucks Grande House Blend Coffee contains 400 mg of caffeine, there are many other products out there that also contain caffeine. Cola and other soft drinks also contain caffeine, as do chocolate, tea and some medications such as Excedrin. Even some ice creams and nutritional supplements contain caffeine, and of course, energy drinks do as well. This just goes to show you that even if you are not drinking coffee, you might still be ingesting more caffeine than you think. While doctors do not insist that women stay away from caffeine completely during their pregnancy, they do recommend that women keep it in moderation.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.