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Is Caffeine OK when Trying to Get Pregnant?

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a blog by Serena H. Chen, M.D., IRMS Reproductive Medicine at Saint Barnabas, June 21, 2011

Is it okay to drink caffeinated beverages when you're trying to conceive?

Many women cut out caffeine completely when they start trying to conceive. There are some studies demonstrating that caffeine may increase the risks for infertility and for miscarriages.

Caffeine in Moderation

The truth is that caffeine in moderation is OK. Just because you are trying to conceive doesn't mean you have to be completely deprived.

A small amount of caffeine each day is perfectly safe when you are trying to get pregnant. There are many studies about caffeine intake and conception and pregnancy. The most conservative guidelines recommend consuming 50 mg or less of caffeine each day. A 6 ounce cup of coffee contains approximately 50 mg of caffeine, 2 cups of tea contain 50 mg of caffeine, and one can of soda contains approximately 25 mg of caffeine. So, you can not have a vente latte every day, but you do not have to give up caffeine altogether.

On the other hand, although soda may be okay in terms of caffeine, there are other issues with soda. Soda contains a lot of sugar and often other additives. These empty calories are not a healthy choice for anyone, much less someone who is trying to get pregnant.

Water Is Best

The best thing to drink is water — and plenty of it. This will help keep your sugar and caffeine intake down, will provide plenty of healthy hydration and will not add empty calories to your diet.

Many fertility treatments and pregnancy tend to loosen the blood vessels, potentially causing a drop in blood pressure. Adequate hydration can keep your blood pressure at healthy levels and help you tolerate fertility treatments and pregnancy better.

So don't give up that wonderful cup of coffee in the morning and drink plenty of water!

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Comments (4)

Hi Jacqueline, You should start by taking a prenatal vitamin and check with your OB-GYN about a folic acid supplement. Definitely increase your intake of foods rich in antioxidants and folic acid. You might want to decrease your intake of caffeine, coffee, and chocolate. You should also stop alcohol consumption and talk to your doctor about any other concerning habits. Best, Kim

Im trying to get pregnant and i want to know what foods are the best when trying to conceive and what drinks or foods i should avoid. Thanks!

i love drinking tea but i am scared if i drink it that i want be able to become pregnant i only drink 2 cups a day is that ok or should i just stop all together

Hi Tabitha, As long as you stay within the recommended mg of caffeine consumption per day, you should be fine. I gave up caffeine while trying to conceive, but as soon as I hit the second trimester and began having terrible headaches, my doctor reminded me that it is ok to have caffeine in moderation. It is really a decision to be made between you and your doctor. Best, Kim

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