Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview
Caffeine is the most frequently used drug during pregnancy. In small
amounts, caffeine is considered safe for the fetus. It's a good idea to keep your caffeine intake below 200 mg a day because:1
- More caffeine may be connected to a higher rate of miscarriage. There is not enough evidence to know for sure.2
- Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more often.
This can cause you to lose important minerals, including
- Caffeine can interfere with sleep for both you and your
Avoid caffeine, or limit your intake to about 1 cup of coffee or tea
Caffeine can be found in many types of drinks and in chocolate. The
amount of caffeine in your coffee or tea can depend on the serving size, the
brand, or how it was brewed.
Coffee drinks such as a 16-oz mocha can have 175 mg of caffeine, and
a 12-oz regular coffee can have as much as 260 mg of caffeine. Tea can have 30
mg to 130 mg of caffeine in a 12-oz cup. An ounce of milk chocolate can have 1
mg to 15 mg of caffeine, and dark chocolate can have 5 mg to 35 mg of caffeine.
Many soft drinks and energy drinks also have caffeine.
It is important to keep track of your caffeine intake throughout the
day. Check the label if you do not know how much caffeine is in your drink or
chocolate bar. Talk to your doctor about caffeine and nutrition during