Nutrition and Pregnancy
Updated: May 1
Coffee, Tea and Herbal Tea during Pregnancy
First of all, it is important to drink about 2 to 3 liters of water per day during pregnancy in order to maintain good hydration and facilitate the elimination of waste.
However, there are restrictions with caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
Indeed, caffeine stimulates a woman’s nervous system and that of the fetus and when taken in excess, it increases the risk of miscarriage and premature birth.
Coffee and tea that contain caffeine are not prohibited during pregnancy, but their consumption should be limited. It is recommended not to exceed 300 mg of caffeine per day. Furthermore, in addition to containing a lot of added sugars, carbonated drinks also contain caffeine.
Drink Average Amount of Caffeine
250 ml ( 1 cup) filtered coffee 179 mg
30 ml expresso 30 to 90 mg
250 ml ( 1 cup ) black tea 50 mg
250 ml ( 1 cup ) green tea 30 mg
355 ml (1 can ) coke 36 to 50 mg
Regarding herbal teas, since we know little about the effect of several herbs during pregnancy, you should be well informed and talk to your doctor before consuming them. Some are beneficial, like ginger, for nausea, while others are contraindicated and may prevent a successful pregnancy.
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