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Caffeine during Pregnancy


Are you pregnant and cannot do without your morning brew of coffee? Find out how caffeine during pregnancy can affect the pregnancy and harm the foetus.


Your daily cup of morning brew of coffee may not  really be a good idea when you are pregnant. Caffeine can be just a habit or an  addictive one on a serious note, since its hyper stimulating property is not  good for either conception or the growing foetus inside your womb. There have  been numerous researches on how caffeine spells disaster on pregnant  women due to its diuretic properties.


The Harmful Aspects of Caffeine


Restricts Vital  Nutrients

When you are pregnant, you need to take care of  your nutritional levels and stay healthy. Regular intake of caffeine restricts  you from doing just that. Calcium and other vital pregnancy nutrients get  washed out from your system by the caffeine. These nutrients thus do not get  the chance to even get absorbed by the body, even if you are regularly  including them in your diet.


Frequent Urination

When you are pregnant, you will urinate frequently.  This is why you need to keep your system adequately hydrated, so that the frequent  urination does not negatively impact your body. Regular  intake of caffeine makes you visit the loo more often.


Aggravated Mood  Swings

Caffeine is preferred for being a stimulant. But  when you are pregnant, this can render a harmful effect as well. The mood  swings may not always be very delightful; it can make you  impulsive and intense, which is surely not a preferred state to be in. It can erode  your motivated state of mind as well.


The Harm That Caffeine Cause to the  Foetus

The stimulant cannot be handled by the foetus –

  • If you are confident that you can  deal with the caffeine well, note that the foetus growing within you is not  equipped to handle the impact of this stimulant.
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  • The caffeine reaches the baby through  the placenta and it has been  found that it can cause multiple problems in the baby.
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  • The metabolism of the foetus has not  yet matured and is still at the nascent developmental stage, so it is naturally  not equipped to metabolise the caffeine intake by the expectant mother.
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  • It has been further noticed that  caffeine alters and renders a considerable negative impact on the sleeping  pattern of the foetus which is harmful for its well being.
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  • Even the normal movements of the  foetus inside the uterus is changed and affected when the caffeine intake is  high especially during the later stage of the pregnancy.
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  • The baby can be born with low birth  weight and other birth defects, apart from enhancing the risk of a premature  delivery. There is the risk of a possible miscarriage as well.

There are researches that indicate clearly that  regular and high caffeine intake can delay your conception and lowers your  chances of successful conception. So if you are planning a baby take immediate  notice of your caffeine intake. High caffeine intake is directly proportional  to infertility issues. There can be a host of other reproductive issues related  to high caffeine intake.

You should also remember  that caffeine is not just present in coffee; it is present in significant  amounts in other popular food elements like chocolates, soda and tea. It is  also an ingredient in some of the common over the counter pills that women  consume in order to get relief from headaches. So it is always advisable to  keep a good eye on what you are taking in. Your well being is directly related  to the well being of the baby.

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Kim Mayer.4 years ago
A great article but I want to know how can i calculate my caffeine intake. What are other sources of caffeine and ow to know that I am withing safe limits?
 
 
 
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Sammy Dewan.4 years ago
Indeed I always drank coffee and never thought that this could harm the baby. Is black coffee equally harmful as coffee with milk? What about tea, is it also harmful?
 
 
 
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Cynthia Ciesela.4 years ago
Well a very nice article...I am addicted to coffee and I cannot do without my morning and evening cup of coffee. I am now three months pregnant and after reading this article, I came to know how this can affect my baby. thanks
 
 
 
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