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As Witwicky said, the Australian guidelines are based on 200mg per day.
That level is based on being particularly cautious - it's the lowest level at which studies have shown there to be increased chances of negative outcomes (usually low birth weight).
That said, there are other studies which have found no effect whatsoever from that level of caffeine. Without having read all of the studies and analysed the methodology, I take them with a grain of salt... considering those who are very cautious during pregnancy are less likely to drink caffeine anyway, and also there could be a connection between being very busy/stressed and drinking more caffeine.
Personally I put my limit at 2 home-made espressos, 1 from a cafe (since I don't know the caffeine level of theirs), or a couple of teas. It's really one of those things that you need to decide for yourself what you're comfortable with.
I had 1 latte a day sometimes weak sometimes normal. My Ob advised this was totally fine.
I was on bed rest and not allowed to exercise so that 1 latte was all I had left and there was no way I was giving up that 5 minutes of happiness
I cut out tea, coffee & caffeinated drinks while pregnant. I haven't had any and am drinking decaf tea and my DS is 4 months old.
I totally cut out caffeine the first time round and DS was incredibly sensitive to any caffeine in my breast milk. This time round I will keep drinking my white tea (pretty low in caffeine anyway) - probably around 2 cups a day.
Last edited by duckduckgoose; 24-05-2012 at 12:08.
I knew caffeine upset breastfed babies (can keep the awake and upset tummy) im not a coffee drinker but did drink coke and chocolate. I cut down during pregnancy ALOT (i actually went off all soft drinks) and completely cut it out (chocolate) once bub's was born.
Yer, deffs no energy drinks. Very dangerous while preg and b/f
I don't drink energy drinks myself, but as far as I'm aware the main concern with energy drinks is caffeine. Whilst some have ridiculous levels, most are well within safe limits, i.e. no research has found any statistical increase in negative outcomes from those levels of caffeine.
i was told not to exceed 4 cups a day. but then i usually consume a fair amount of caffeine while not pregnant so he said to cut back slowly at the start to avoid the withdrawal.
I agree, was just interested in why Hunkamunka saw them as dangerous.
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