This is a bit of a bummer for the gestating coffee fiends out there.
“Women who are pregnant and consume caffeine, even as little as one cup of coffee a day, are at a higher risk of delivering an underweight baby.”
“There are also more serious complications that can arise with caffeine such as the caffeine can cause the blood vessels to constrict, and it may reduce the blood flow to the placenta, and since it is so easily crosses the placenta and reaches your baby (who then very slowly metabolizes it), caffeine may directly affect his developing cells. It has also been show that pregnant women who drink eight or more cups of coffee a day double the risk of having a stillbirth or miscarriage.”
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I cut my habit back to one cup per day during my pregnancies (this was quite a feat at the time). My girls didn’t have an issue with low birth weight – one was just over 9 pounds, and one was just under.
I did a major cleanse this year and pretty much kicked the habit completely now – I’ve switched to herbal tea instead. Of course, now I drink even more of it, so the actual caffeine intake probably equals out!