Many women love their morning cup of joe (as well as the afternoon latte and evening cappuccino). So, is it really necessary to give up caffeine during pregnancy? Like many things in pregnancy, it could depend on who you ask. OBs have different opinions on what amount is too much. Most research now says caffeine in moderation is fine during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG) states that less than 200 milligrams a day won’t increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.
Moms-to-be do need to be aware of the amount of caffeine they are drinking. In general, a 12 ounce cup of coffee has your allotted 200 mg of caffeine. However, a Starbucks grande coffee has about 320 mg of caffeine. So, it is important to watch just what cup of coffee you are drinking. It is definitely a good idea to play it safe and try to cut back or limit consumption of caffeine. With caffeine lurking in many different foods and beverages, it is best to look at how much caffeine you are ingesting total in day rather than just drinking in coffee or tea.
Trying to add decaf coffee to your regular cup can help you cut back on your caffeine intake. And to help fight symptoms of withdrawal try to get plenty of sleep and exercise.