Caffeine Effects on Pregnant Women and Fetus - Tips for Safe Pregnancy

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Caffeine Effects on Pregnant Women and Fetus
Some studies conclude that caffeine intake can cause negative effects on pregnant women and fetuses.

The question is how many doses of caffeine are still considered safe?

Before going any further, it should be known that caffeine has stimulant and diuretic effects.

This means that caffeine can cause increased frequency of urination (trigger dehydration), as well as increased blood pressure and heart rate.

In pregnant women, caffeine can also affect the fetus after carried by the blood through the placenta.
Because the fetus is still in its formative stage, caffeine can not be metabolized properly.

Effects of caffeine in adults survive for six hours, but in pregnant women, it may take twice as long before the effect disappears.

Several studies found an association between high amounts of caffeine consumption and delayed conception. Women who consumed more than 300 mg of caffeine per day were more likely to experience delayed conception (pregnancy be delayed).

Doses below 300 mg per day seems to be a safe level of consumption for pregnant women or who want to have children.

Some studies also showed an increased risk of miscarriage in women who consumed more than 300 mg of caffeine per day.

Many studies conducted on animals expressed caffeine can cause birth defects, reduced fertility, and other reproductive problems.

Although many women choose to avoid caffeine completely, experts believe that moderate caffeine consumption (150 mg-250 mg per day) will not have a negative effect on pregnancy.

However, while most of the women and fetuses do not experience the negative effects of moderate caffeine consumption, caffeine sensitivity varies in each individual mother and baby.

That's because, avoid caffeine-containing foods such as chocolate, coffee and yogurt. Be sure to stay hydrated with beverages such as decaffeinated tea, juice, and water.

During pregnancy, it is wise to be cautious and regulate caffeine intake at a safe level to avoid negative effects on the mother and fetus.