Friday, March 30, 2012

Caffeine and Pregnancy

Caffeine is a stimulant found in many foods, beverages and medicines. But the most famous drink that we associate with that caffeine is definitely coffee. Studies show that small amounts of caffeine harmless for pregnant women, while the intake of large quantities (more than 3 cups per day) may increase the risk of miscarriage or birth of babies with low birth weight. Many pregnant women feel aversion to coffee during the first trimester of pregnancy, and often just coffee cause nausea and heartburn. Perhaps there is also a natural mechanism that protects pregnant women against excessive intake of potentially harmful substances in the body.
As for breastfeeding, as recommended by the experts who deal with food, is allowed to moderate intake of coffee and other caffeine sources. Nevertheless, one should take note that certain amounts of caffeine are excreted in human milk, therefore it should be to limit the amount to be recorded to a reasonable level. Infants of mothers who drink more than 2-3 cups of coffee a day may be restless and have trouble sleeping.

There are several reasons for the reduced intake of caffeine during pregnancy, some of them are:
• Caffeine has no nutritional value
• Caffeine is a stimulant that speeds up metabolism and increases blood pressure
• Caffeine can cause insomnia and headaches
• Caffeine may cause nausea and heartburn
• Caffeine is a diuretic and stimulates the secretion of water and calcium from the body

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