Consuming excess quantity of caffeine during pregnancy increases the term of your unborn child and lowers the weight of the child. Read more for the details.
The ill-effects of excess caffeine during pregnancy
If you are pregnant and have the regular habit of consuming coffee every day, beware. It causes more ill-effects for your expecting baby.
Decreased weight: It has been found that the weight of the baby decreases about 21 grams to 28 grams for every 100 mg of caffeine consumed per day.
Increased Gestation period: It has also been found that consuming caffeine causes longer pregnancies than the expected one. It has been found that every 100 mg of caffeine increases the length of pregnancy by about five hours.
Health Problems: It is also more likely that your child is at higher risk of contracting with more short term and long term health related problems.
Other harmful ingredients: Coffee contains caffeine and other ingredients which further makes things worse. Such components accelerate the gestation period.
Miscarriage: In some cases it has been reported that consuming excess caffeine during the initial period of pregnancy causes miscarriage.
Sleeplessness: Also, mothers who take excess caffeine suffer from sleeplessness after giving birth.
Reduced Iron Absorption: One more important reason to avoid taking caffeine is that they contain certain compounds called phenols which reduce the absorption of iron by your body. Normally pregnant women contain less iron content and are given iron supplements during this period. Consuming caffeine makes it worse for your body to absorb iron.
Increased heart rate and blood pressure: Consuming caffeine increases blood pressure and the heart rate. Such things are not recommended during pregnancy.
Dehydration: Caffeine increases your frequency to urinate. This results in your body to dehydrate.
How much of caffeine is not harmful during pregnancy
It has been determined that pregnant women can consume upto 300 mg of coffee per day. An average contains about 100 to 200 mg of caffeine.
Can you consume caffeine after giving birth
It has been found that even after giving birth, its better to stop taking caffeine till you are breast feeding your baby. The main reason is that your child start becoming irritable since they are unable to digest caffeine efficiently.
What should you do?
It is always better to stop taking caffeine while you are pregnant. Coffee contains excess caffeine and it’s better to stop consuming coffee immediately. For those who cannot stop taking caffeine, its better that you make sure that you do not consume more than 300 mg per day. If you find that you are not getting adequate weight during the pregnancy period, your habit of intake of caffeine could be a reason.
You need to stop consuming all sorts of foods that contain caffeine. They include chocolate, cocoa-based preparations like cakes, coffee, fizzy drinks, etc.
Also make sure that any product that you consume does not contain significant quantities of caffeine.
It’s better to consume tea compared to coffee. Tea is a much better drink compared to coffee.
Be aware that it’s not coffee alone that contains caffeine. Following are some of the products that contain caffeine:
- Black tea
- Ice tea
- Coke, Pepsi, 7-up, Sprite,etc
- Aerated drinks
- Red bull
- Dark chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- Coffee based ice creams
- Herbal tea