And remember that the caffeine content varies depending on the grain as well as preparation. If you take good strong espresso, or several small cups of boiled coffee Latin style (with the sediment in), you may be taking more of it.
You can continue to enjoy your coffee and your favorite Caffeinade beverages if you do not overdo it. After years of controversy, most researchers believe that moderate amounts of caffeine (less than 300 mg per day), but cross the placenta, are not harmful to the baby.
300 mg daily is the amount of caffeine as a cup of strong coffee to eight ounces. (Remember that the amount of caffeine varies greatly depending on how strong the coffee you use and how you prepare it, and the size of the container in which they take. A typical bowl usually contains about 10 ounces.) Many women choose to significantly reduce or completely eliminate your intake of caffeine and, if you choose the same, sure that your doctor will not object.
Is it dangerous to take more than a moderate amount of coffee during pregnancy?
Nobody knows. Some studies indicate that women who took 300 mg or more of caffeine a day had an increased risk of spontaneous abortion. According to the U.S. March of Dimes, excessive caffeine consumption may slightly increase the risk of preterm birth or the baby is born underweight, which could negatively affect babies who are already predisposed to these problems.
Other studies indicate that the heart and breathing of babies of women who ate more than 500 mg of caffeine daily had more rapid pace. These babies also spent more time awake the first few days after birth. Although research is inconclusive, it seems sensible to reduce consumption if you drink more than three cups of coffee a day or more than 300 mg of caffeine per day from all sources of caffeine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate and some herbal tea and mate.
And remember that the caffeine content varies depending on the grain as well as preparation. If you take good strong espresso, or several small cups of boiled coffee Latin style (with the sediment in), you may be taking more of it. Also the Cuban coffee and wash often have about twice as much caffeine or more than a typical American coffee.
One thing is certain: if you cut down on caffeine, you’ll feel better. It is a stimulant, so it accelerates the heart rate and metabolism, and may cause insomnia, nervousness and headaches. To increase acid secretion, contributes to heartburn. Is a diuretic, which makes urine more often and make it easier to stay dehydrated. In addition, it has no nutritional value, actually makes the bones lose calcium. And all these effects will get worse as you approach the expected delivery date because, advancing pregnancy, your body breaks down caffeine more slowly and it is increasingly on your system (and baby).
There is also another reason to reduce consumption of coffee during pregnancy, whether it has caffeine or not. These beverages contain compounds called phenols that hinder the absorption of iron. This is very important because many pregnant women are often low in iron. If you drink coffee or tea, it is best to do between meals so that their effect on iron absorption is less.