Is it OK to consume caffeine during pregnancy?

Many of us need our daily fix of caffeine to get through our routines, and while caffeine is purported to have various benefits when consumed in moderation, it becomes a whole new ball game when one is pregnant. As a stimulant, caffeine increases your blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are a no-no during pregnancy.

Nevertheless, caffeine-craving mothers-to-be need not fret. A little bit of caffeine will not be harmful. In fact, a notable review back in 2017 confirmed previous advice that a caffeine intake of 300mg and under per day is safe for pregnant women. 

However, be mindful that it can be tricky to maintain that number. After all, different kinds of coffee will have varying amounts of caffeine. It can also be found in other foods and beverages like tea, chocolate and soft drinks. 

The best thing is to adopt a moderate approach and err on the side of caution when in doubt. To be on the completely safe side, just opt to forego it altogether if possible. 

At the end of the day, always consult your doctor before making any drastic dietary changes. 

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