How Many Cups Of Coffee Can I Drink While Pregnant?

Consumed on a global scale, caffeine is a stimulant that provides an energy boost and increases alertness.

While caffeine may have a number of potential benefits, there is some concern that it may be harmful if consumed during pregnancy. Caffeine intake should be limited to less than 200 mg per day during pregnancy, and energy drinks should be avoided entirely. 

Approximately 1–2 cups of coffee (240–580 mL) or 2–4 cups of caffeinated tea (540–960 mL), generally considered safe for pregnant women to consume, but advise against excessive consumption during pregnancy.

Caffeine metabolizes slowly in pregnant women. It takes between 1.5–3.5 times longer to eliminate from the body. Caffeine also crosses the placenta and enters the bloodstream of the baby, raising concerns that it may have an adverse effect on the baby's health.

The caffeine content of commonly consumed beverages
per serving. . .

  • Coffee | 60–200 mg per 240-ml (8-oz) 
  • Espresso | 30–50 mg per 30-ml (1-oz) 
  • Energy drinks | 50–160 mg per 240-ml (8-oz) 
  • Brewed tea | 20–120 mg per 240-ml  (8-oz)
  • Soft drinks | 30–60 mg per 355-ml (12-oz)
  • Cocoa beverage | 3–32 mg per 240-ml (8-oz)
  • Chocolate milk | 2–7 mg per 240-ml (8-oz)
  • Decaffeinated coffee | 2–4 mg 240-ml (per 8-oz)

Caffeine content varies among coffees, teas, soft drinks, energy drinks, other beverages and also found in a variety of foods, medications, and supplements.

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