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When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I did was run to my local coffee shop and buy a latte. And then another. And another. But then the anxiety set in. Can I still drink coffee while pregnant? Is it safe? Will my baby be born with jittery hands and a love for caffeine?
Well, after some extensive research (and a few more lattes), I’ve got some good news for all you coffee-loving mamas-to-be. It turns out that drinking coffee while pregnant can actually have some pretty great benefits. But first, let’s talk about caffeine.
Caffeine as a Stimulant
Caffeine is a stimulant that can help improve focus, reduce fatigue, and boost energy levels. And for those of you who are like me and feel like you’ve been hit by a truck during the first trimester, caffeine can be a lifesaver. But of course, as with anything, it’s important to be aware of your intake. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends limiting caffeine intake to less than 200mg per day, which is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee.
Boosting Energy Levels
Speaking of fatigue, pregnancy can make it feel like you’ve been awake for the entire Chicago marathon. But don’t worry, caffeine can give you the extra boost you need to power through the day. And let’s be real, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a lot of things to do. Like picking out the perfect onesie for your little bean.
Pregnancy can also bring a whole host of emotions, from happiness to frustration to pure exhaustion. And let’s not forget the dreaded pregnancy brain that makes it hard to remember where you put your keys (or your dignity). But coffee can help! Caffeine has been shown to have a positive effect on mood and cognitive function, making it easier to remember where you put your keys (but probably not your dignity).
Reducing Risk of Miscarriage
One of the biggest concerns for any expectant mother is the risk of miscarriage. But studies have shown that moderate caffeine intake (less than 200mg per day) does not increase the risk of miscarriage. So go ahead and enjoy that latte, mama.
Lowering Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is another concern for expectant mothers, but studies have also shown that moderate caffeine intake can actually lower the risk of gestational diabetes. So go ahead and treat yourself to that cappuccino, mama.
In conclusion, it’s important to be aware of your caffeine intake during pregnancy, but drinking coffee can actually have some pretty great benefits for expectant mothers. Just be sure to stick to the recommended 200mg per day and of course, always check with your healthcare provider. And as a coffee aficionado, let me tell you, there’s nothing better than sipping a warm cup of coffee while caressing your growing belly, knowing that you and your little bean will be just fine!