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Is Coffee Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Coffee Safe During Pregnancy?

Cutting back on caffeine in early pregnancy

Of course, it's not just coffee moms-to-be should watch out for-caffeine is also found in chocolate, soft drinks, tea and hot chocolate. In light of the study, the March of Dimes now recommends that pregnant women limit their intake to 200 milligrams or less per day–so it makes sense to choose your caffeine sources wisely.

Ordering decaf whenever possible is the safest way to enjoy your coffee. When decaf doesn't cut it, espresso-based drinks contain less caffeine than brewed coffee. (A tall Starbucks latte has just 90 milligrams of caffeine.) Green tea is a good choice with just 40 milligrams of caffeine in a tall cup–less than half the caffeine in black tea. As for chocolate, this is one time when milk wins out over dark. A three-ounce piece of milk chocolate has just 18 milligrams of caffeine, while the same size of dark chocolate contains 60 milligrams.

Our sources include:

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2008); Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy Outcome. Journal of the American Dietetic Association (2002); Prediction of Pregnancy Loss. The Lancet (2000)