Coffee during pregnancy is fine!
So often you hear that coffee during pregnancy is harmful, but is it really?
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Most people believe that coffee while pregnant is a no-go zone, but the results of a recent study may suggest otherwise.

A lot of us simply cannot make it through a morning without a mug of good coffee.

People are concerned that it may result in a higher risk of miscarriage and inhibit foetal development by limiting blood flow to the placenta.

According to nutritionist Willow Jarosh MS, RD, C&J Nutrition and healthy mama brand medical advisory board member, caffeine (in small amounts) is safe.

So this latest study seems to suggest that it’s fine to have a cup of coffee a day; you just have to be careful of your portions- that’s the catch, according to The Stir.

The ‘okay’ size is the normal small at most coffee shops which is usually 200 milligrams. What you also have to keep in mind is the fact that not only coffee contains caffeine and that other food that you consume may have higher levels of caffeine in as well.

Examples of food with caffeine may be:

  • Green tea
  • Baking chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fudge
  • Ice cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Selective sunflower seeds
  • Selective oatmeal
  • Chewing gum
  • Some OTC drugs

According to brand medical advisory board membe for C&J Nutrition and healthy mama, Stephanie Clarke MS, RD, being mindful that some coffee shops’ coffees contain more caffeine than regular brewed coffee will help you when ordering the size of your coffee.

Summing up, this research shows that limited amounts of caffeine isn’t harmful and also doesn’t show any difference in terms of the baby’s well-being compared to infants who aren’t exposed to any caffeine at all.

Also, to keep in mind are some of the facts that American Pregnancy Association offers on their site; one example is the fact that caffeine does indeed cause infertility, some studies have shown a link between high levels of caffeine consumption and delayed conception.

Have you made any changes to your diet during pregnancy?

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