High caffeine consumption has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, fetal growth restriction (FGR), lower birth weight, and other problems.
That’s why most healthcare provider recommend limiting the amount of caffeine in your diet to less than 200 milligrams a day during pregnancy, roughly the amount in two cups of instant coffee.
What to drink:
- Decaffeinated drinks
What to drink with consideration:
- One cup of coffee
- One cup of plain tea
- One cup of plain fruit tea
- Small amounts of drinks that are high in sugar (too much sugar can cause weight gain)
What to avoid:
- Too much coffee or tea
- Herbal tea: Avoid drinking herbal tea, even the types of herbal tea marketed specifically to pregnant women. Because for many herbal teas its not clear what they contain.
- Drinks that are high in sugar
Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, MD. (1 July 2020)