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July 22, 2010

Caffeine and Pregnancy: Good News

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Ward @ 6:04 pm

If the thought of giving up your morning cup of Joe during pregnancy doesn’t appeal to you, there’s no need to worry. A cup of coffee a day - or it’s caffeine equivalent - probably won’t harm your baby, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

ACOG experts said this week that limiting caffeine intake to 200 milligrams a day does not significantly contribute to preterm birth or miscarriage.

The March of Dimes also recommends limiting caffeine intake to 200 milligrams a day, the equivalent of about 12 ounces of coffee.

Here are some other caffeine sources from the list of 65 beverages and foods containing caffeine in Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy.

Spike Shooter, 8.4 ounces: 300 milligrams
Starbucks Iced Brewed Coffee, 16 ounces: 190 milligrams
Monster Energy, 16 ounces: 160 milligrams
Foosh Energy Mints, 1 piece: 100 milligrams
Starbucks Tazo Green Tea Latte (Grande), 16 ounces: 80 milligrams
Jolt Cola, 12 ounces: 72 milligrams
Mountain Dew MDX, regular or diet, 12 ounces: 54 milligrams
Diet Coke, 12 ounces: 47 milligrams
Barq’s Root Beer, regular or diet, 12 ounces: 23 milligrams
Tea, black, brewed, 8 ounces: 47 milligrams
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar, 1.45 ounces: 18 milligrams