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25 May 2006

Caffeine: what about that cuppa?

The effect of caffeine on pregnancy has been the source of many a debate in the last few years. Is it harmful to drink coffee when you are pregnant?

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The effect of caffeine on pregnancy has been the source of many a debate in the last few years. Recent research suggests that caffeine alone does not pose a risk to the foetus or to the pregnant woman.

But it is still sensible to limit coffee and caffeine intake during pregnancy for the following reasons:

  • Caffeine is a diuretic. This means that it heightens urine output, which draws water and minerals from the body.
  • It stimulates the nervous system and can cause insomnia.
  • It can have a negative impact on the absorption of iron.

Remember that caffeine is not only found in all types of coffee (except the decaffeinated version), but also in Ceylon and Earl Grey tea. Small amounts of this substance are also found in chocolate.

 
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