Pregnant, are you addicted to coffee? Here are the specialists’ recommendations for a safe pregnancy.

Pregnancy and caffeine: what impact on the fetus?

First thing to know: in 100 mL of Arabica-type filter coffee, there is an average of 80 mg of caffeine; and up to 160 mg of caffeine if it is a Robusta-type filter coffee. In a small expression of 30 mL, there is about 55 mg of caffeine (if it is an arabica coffee) and 100 mg (if it is a robusta).

Contrary to popular belief, caffeine is not only found in coffee: it is also present in certain energy drinks (at a rate of about 30 mg per 100 mL), or even in certain food supplements and medicines (anti- migraine, analgesics …).

Coffee During Pregnancy: Is It Bad For The Fetus? Excessive consumption of coffee during pregnancy (that is to say: beyond 4-5 coffees per day) can indeed have a negative impact on the health of the fetus: ” we can in particular observe a hyper-excitability of the fetal heart rate, that is to say an abnormal acceleration of the fetal heart rate.”

To date, no foetotoxic effect is associated with regular and moderate consumption of coffee during pregnancy: coffee is therefore not responsible for fetal malformations.”

Coffee during pregnancy: a study casts doubt. A study states that, during pregnancy, coffee would be dangerous for the fetus from the first drop …

Researchers from Reykjavik University in Iceland reviewed 48 scientific publications (produced over the past 20 years) dealing with the impact of caffeine on the fetus during pregnancy. And their conclusions are cold in the back: according to the Icelandic researchers, the consumption of coffee during the pregnancy would increase the risk of miscarriage, that of giving birth to a low-weight baby, of seeing childhood leukemia or even premature deliveries.

WHO recommendations. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that pregnant women limit their intake of caffeine (coffee and energy drinks) to a maximum of 300 mg per day. This therefore corresponds to 3 “robusta” type espressos or 3 cups (100 mL) of filter coffee.

What can you replace coffee with during pregnancy?

Coffee addicts should therefore reduce their consumption during pregnancy, to ensure the proper development of the fetus. Some ideas for substitutes to test:

  • Rooibos. Originally from South Africa, this “tea without theine” is prepared in the manner of tea and gives a red drink, which can be drunk hot or cold, with sugar and / or milk. There are many flavored rooibos on the market – with fruits, spices, flowers … There is something for everyone.
  • The infusions. They have been back in fashion for a few years! For pregnant women (and especially during the first trimester of pregnancy), we recommend the infusion of ginger which relieves nausea – we add a few drops of honey for gluttony …
  • In organic stores, you can find ” barley coffee ” as well as ” spelled coffee “: without caffeine, these drinks which are really reminiscent of coffee are excellent for health since they are a source of fiber, minerals (magnesium , phosphorus, calcium) and vitamins. They can even be used in baking!

Can we replace coffee with tea during pregnancy? Yes, but in moderation: ” in high doses, tea (which contains tea) limits the absorption of iron by the body. The risk is that of anemia and severe fatigue for the body. pregnant woman, which can have important consequences on the course of pregnancy and childbirth. “

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