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Caffeine in Pregnancy- is it really bad for you?

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:03pm

It has been reported that drinking too much coffee in early pregnancy can increase your risk of miscarriage.

Why is Caffeine bad for us?

Caffeine is legally a drug,which stimulates your central nervous system. If drunk in large quantities it can cause your heart rate to speed up and can raise your blood pressure. We all know that it’s not a good idea to drink coffee before bed as it can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep and many of us have experienced the jitter’s after drinking a few too many cups of coffee.

What affects does it have on your unborn child?

Unborn children are not fully developed therefore when the caffeine passes from the mother to her unborn child through the placenta, they cannot break down the chemicals.There are reports that for pregnant ladies who drank excessive amounts of coffee or tea their unborn children had faster heart rates and their breathing rates were increased.If that doesn’t put you off enjoying your daily cups of coffee, this might…….babies born to mums who drank more than 500mg a day spent more time awake after birth and took longer to settle into a good sleeping regime!

How many cups of tea or coffee are too much?

Experts are saying that more than one cup a day is too much!

  • Try switching to decaffeinated drinks

  • Try to cut down on fizzy drinks and chocolate, many of these also contain caffeine.

Doctors also say though that the human race wouldn’t have succeeded if early pregnancies are so vulnerable, moderation is the ideal. Smoking, Chlamidal infections and choosing to have a baby later in life were still higher risk factors for miscarriage.

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