• Time to Quit: Drinking Coffee or Soda While Pregnant

    Why preggy moms need to steer clear of this nasty habit.
  • Why quit? Studies have shown a slightly higher risk of miscarriage in women who consume more than 300 mg of caffeine a day; babies born to women with a coffee habit had faster heart and breathing rates, and spent more time awake in the first few days after birth.

    How to quit? Most experts believe that consuming less than about 300 mg of caffeine (the amount in about two 8-oz cups of brewed coffee or about seven 12-oz sodas) per day appears safe in pregnancy. You don’t really have to deprive yourself as there are other options available:

    • Caffeine-free substitutes like Pero, Roma, Inka, and soya coffee are available in supermarkets and natural food stores. These preserve the taste of real coffee.

      If you usually need a caffeine fix for a quick perk-up, take herbal tea or an apple.

    If your craving for the fizz is overwhelming, substitute soda by mixing fruit juice with carbonated or soda water.

     

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