Coffee and tea during pregnancy

You can not work without your morning coffee and especially your little tea in the afternoon? Are you wondering if this is good for your pregnancy or dangerous for your baby? Don’t worry, here are the answers to your questions !

Coffee and tea during pregnancy

Coffee

Coffee is the most consumed drink in France right after water. About 90% of French people consume coffee. The main molecule of coffee is caffeine.

What is the role of caffeine?

Caffeine has 3 roles, its main role is to fight drowsiness and fatigue. Then to promote the production of adrenaline, it improves the reactivity and the concentration. And finally, its third role is to activate the dopamine present in our body and thus create a feeling of well-being.

What are the risks of high consumption?

Caffeine stimulate the nervous system of the mother and the baby. It can include palpitations, nervousness and disrupt sleep. Pregnancy makes the pregnant woman more sensitive to everything but also to the effects of caffeine. Abusive consumption can increase:

  • The risk of miscarriage
  • The risk of premature birth

Caffeine is found in coffee but not only. We can also found it in chocolate, guarana, Kola nut and also in tea.

Tea

There are several kind of tea and many flavors. In France, 60% of the population drinks tea and especially women. The main molecule of tea is theine but the reality is that theine and caffeine are the same molecule. Yes, there’s caffeine in the tea. Thus it’s found in tea, with a content of two to three times lower.

You should know that green tea and black tea are the ones that contain the most of theine.

The role of theine is the same as caffeine, it fights fatigue, helps you with the effort …

What are the risks of high consumption?

The risks are the same as the coffee seen above. Black tea and green tea reduce the absorption of iron which is problematic since the pregnant woman has a great need for iron. But there are benefits to tea.

What are the benefits of tea for the future mother?

Green tea has virtues such as:

  • Hydration
  • Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections
  • High rate of antioxidants
  • Strengthens immune defenses

Thus, according to a WHO study (World Health Organization), the pregnant women should be limited to 300 mg of caffeine / theine per day.

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