|Coffee is the lifeline I use to get me through the day. But
now that I am pregnant I am feeling uneasy about drinking
The fact of the matter is that coffee does get through
to your baby. So while there are no definitive studies that
show that coffee is harmful to your foetus, you know in
your heart that it can’t be good, hence your uneasiness.
Your baby’s system takes longer than yours to process
chemicals, which means that the caffeine also stays in the
baby’s system for longer than it does in yours.
If you are unable to quit drinking coffee you should cut
down as much as possible – ideally to one or two cups
per day. There seems to be a link between heavy coffee consumption
(around 6 cups per day) and increased risk of miscarriage.
Perhaps it would be helpful to try a lighter brand, since
the caffeine content of different coffees varies dramatically.
Since you’re already consuming considerable quantities of
caffeine, be sure to check the labels of the foods you choose
because a surprising number of foods such as chocolate, tea and
soft drinks also contain caffeine.
There are a couple of other aspects you need to be aware
of. The first is that the diuretic effect of coffee can
deplete your calcium stores, and also leach water from your
system. In addition to making you run to the toilet even
more than normal, this can be unhealthy for the foetus.
Also be aware that you may be taking in more empty calories
than you realise, what with the sugar and milk or cream.