Many of us moms need our daily caffeine fix to function for the day. But when pregnancy comes along up to the breastfeeding phase, we are stumped with the question “Do I have to stop drinking coffee / tea?”
Let us answer that question for you right away:
No. You don’t have to give up your coffee and tea.
The question to focus on is how much caffeine per day is okay?
On the cautious side, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to a threshold of 200 milligrams per day, which is about one 11-ounce cup of coffee or three to four cups of green tea. Anything more than that can expose your unborn baby to risk of miscarriage & premature birth, and your breastfed baby to irritability, insomnia, colic, and constipation.
Just keep in mind that babies are unable to break down and eliminate caffeine so if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s always a great idea to limit your caffeine intake. But as long as it’s within the 200mg limit, you and your baby are both okay so don’t be too hard on yourself, moms.
If you want to eliminate caffeine altogether, there are many decaffeinated alternatives like decaff coffee and decaff herbal tea. You can also choose to have flavored water with lime or lemon to give you a healthy morning kick.
Don’t forget that rewarding yourself is an important part of parenthood because it will keep you emotionally and psychologically healthy, which your baby and the entire family needs. So go on and treat yourself your daily choice of (safe) drink. And for it to be a perfect relaxing experience, check out our spill-proof MIGHTumblers so you won’t have to worry about your baby accidentally spilling your drink or yourself tumbling down your desk out of lack of sleep and making a mess – we understand it happens.
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