While some may live by the mantra of “no coffee, no workee,” the amount of caffeine consumed during pregnancy is important to be mindful of.
While mama’s body may have seen an endless number of late night study sessions sponsored by coffee or sunrise shift work fuelled by venti macchiatos, baby isn’t quite so seasoned, and their tiny body simply doesn’t have the same ability to break down caffeine.
Some studies have shown that consuming too much caffeine during pregnancy may lead to a low birthweight for baby which can lead to serious health problems later on in baby’s life, and at times, even miscarriage. 1
It is for this reason that caffeine should be limited during pregnancy.
How much caffeine can I have while pregnant?
The general recommendation is to limit caffeine to 200 mg per day while pregnant. This is equal to approximately 1 regular sized cup of coffee per day.
Tea, on the other hand, contains significantly less caffeine. Some teas, such as black teas, contain much more caffeine than other types, such as green tea herbal types.
How much caffeine is there in a cup of coffee?
- Starbucks – Tall – Latte – 75 mg caffeine
- Starbucks – Tall – Medium Roast – 155 mg caffeine
- Starbucks – Tall – Dark Roast – 193 mg caffeine
- Starbucks – Tall – Blonde Roast – 270 mg caffeine
- Tim Horton’s – Medium – Original Roast – 205 mg caffeine
- Tim Horton’s – Medium – Iced Cappuccino – 120 mg caffeine
How much caffeine is there in a cup of tea?
- Tim Horton’s – Medium – Steeped Tea – 125 mg caffeine
- Tim Horton’s – Medium – Green Tea – 35 mg caffeine
- David’s Tea – Medium – White Chocolate Chai Tea – 1 to 19 mg caffeine
- David’s Tea – Medium – Cream of Earl Grey Tea – +40 mg caffeine
Pregnancy Support Edmonton
Pregnancy Care Centre offers education, counselling and support for women and their partners facing unplanned pregnancy in Edmonton, Alberta.