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A Cup of Coffee When Pregnant? Experts Say Go For It.

By ceridwen |

Wow, ACOG is all about giving pregnant women permission to do things today! First they announce that vaginal birth after cesarean is a fine idea, then they tell us we can all have cappuccinos.

I must say I’m not surprised. When Rebecca and I were doing research for our book several years ago, we found data pointing to risk of miscarriage and premature birth going up only after more than FIVE CUPS of coffee a day had been consumed.

That’s way too much coffee for anyone! Since then, we’ve read lots of things about caffeine- this many cups, that many cups– studies have been conflicting. But now ACOG is “comfortably” telling us that about 200 millegrams of caffeine isn’t going to hurt. “I think it’s time to comfortably say that it’s okay to have a cup of coffee during pregnancy,” said Dr. William Barth, the chair of a College committee which reviewed the evidence.

They looked at two studies: One, out of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and involving 1000 women, found no increased risk of miscarriage for women who consumed small and even large amounts of caffeine in pregnancy. The other, from Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, did see an increased risk of miscarriage in women who consumed more than 200 mg of caffeine per day– the equivalent of a cup of coffee or one caffeinated soda.

I was frankly, repulsed by coffee for most of my two pregnancies. But I remember coveting a 4pm cup of tea. That post lunch hump would have been insurmountable without it.

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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “A Cup of Coffee When Pregnant? Experts Say Go For It.

  1. PB says:

    “200 mg of caffeine per day– the equivalent of a cup of coffee or one caffeinated soda.”

    What caffeinated soda has 200mg of caffeine? A can of Diet Coke has 45 mg. A can of regular Coke has 35mg. Sprite and most root beers have 0 mg. Even Mountain Dew only has 55mg. I suppose the above statement is true if your “one soda” is a 48-oz. Mountain Dew, but that is huge — a Big Gulp at 7-11 is 32 oz. and a Super Big Gulp is 44 oz.

  2. ceridwen says:

    You’re right! It would have to be a Big Gulp… of Mountain Dew. It would also be a very strong cup of coffee– a 12 ounce starbucks, for ex. Maybe next time I should have a Big Gulp of Mountain Dew before I blog about soda :}

  3. megan says:

    mxxxxxxm sis. you people are sick drinking 7 cups of coffee is lekker for pregies

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