One of the most common questions that future mothers ask the doctor is: What can I drink coffee?

As a habit, or as a need, coffee has become an inseparable part of the day. But what happens when a woman is pregnant? Shouldn't he drink coffee, or can he drink it without caffeine? We must first learn why coffee is a topic to be discussed during pregnancy.

Caffeine increases blood pressure and heart rate, which is not good, especially during pregnancy. Its diuretic action causes the body to lose a lot of fluid. Caffeine also crosses the placenta and reaches the embryo. His metabolism is not formed yet, so he cannot fully process caffeine.

Myths and truths

Caffeine Causes Birth Defects: Some animal studies have shown that caffeine can cause birth defects, preterm birth, reduced fertility, low embryo weight and other reproductive problems. However, there is no such research data on humans.

Caffeine causes fertility decline: studies have shown that there is a correlation between high caffeine consumption and delayed reproduction.

Caffeine Causes Abortion: Two studies conducted in 2008 that reflected the caffeine-abortion relationship came to very different conclusions. One of them, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that women who consume at least 200 mg of caffeine a day are twice as likely to have an abortion than those who do not. Another study, published in the journal Epidemiology, showed an increased risk of miscarriage for women who consume a small amount of coffee daily (200-350 mg daily). The nonprofit March of Dimes recommends pregnant women consume less than 200 mg of caffeine per day (one cup of coffee).

Doctors also recommend drinking a small cup of coffee a day. As for caffeine-free coffee, it is not. One large cup contains at least 0-7 mg of caffeine in it.

Remember that caffeine also has tea, coca-cola, energy drinks, cocoa and chocolates.