Why caffeine and alcohol are not allowed in pregnancy


When one is pregnant there are a lot of things that gets restricted and one needs to follow a particular lifestyle during that tenure.

The major step that has to be taken is in the eating and drinking habits. There are many things that have to be stopped in order to have a healthy pregnancy. Coffee and chocolate during pregnancy has to be restricted as well.

Though having a good amount of caffeine do not lead to some major birth defects in a child but this consumption in the first place can make the situation difficult for one to become pregnant. Excess amount of caffeine intake can also increase the risk of having a baby with low birth weight and it can also lead to miscarriage sometimes. So, many studies have come to the conclusion that it is safer to have not more than 2 standard cups of coffee a day. Caffeine is not only present on coffee but it is also present in other food items and colas. It can affect the nervous system of a human body which causes a lot of irritation and leads to sleeplessness. So the best thing is to limit the daily intake of caffeine to only 300 mg per day.

If one does not have a clear idea that what has how much of caffeine then one should know that:

  • 60 ml of instant coffee has 80 mg of caffeine.
  • 60 ml of filter coffee contains 120 mg of caffeine.
  • There is 50 mg of caffeine in a small of tea.
  • A can of cola has 49 mg of caffeine.
  • A 250 ml of energy drink can contains 80 m of caffeine.
  • A bar of milk chocolate contains 20 mg of caffeine.

In fact, doctors do not recommend any kind of energy drinks during the time of pregnancy because they contain high level of caffeine and some other ingredients that are harmful of pregnancy. Some cold and flu remedies also contain some sort of caffeine and so one should consult a doctor before taking them.

Being pregnant also means one needs to avoid alcohol. It is always a good idea to go for non alcoholic drinks during this time. Even if you are not pregnant already and planning for a baby, then also you need to cut down on alcohol because it can always harm your unborn baby. How much you drink, always matters. The more you drink, the more that unborn foetus will suffer from some harm. But yeas very occasional drinks are still okay.

If one drinks, then the alcohol passes from the blood through the placenta to the unborn baby. This can very much affect the baby’s brain, their spinal cord and other organs as well. It is strictly not to be taken in the first trimester when the risk is highest.

So both coffee and wine during pregnancy as to be avoided as much as possible. They should be taken only at rare occasions.