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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy, Answered

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Can I have caffeine while pregnant?

excessive caffeine during pregnancy

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If you are a proper latte-slinging caffeine addict, the thought of having no coffee for nine months might be unfathomable. Should moms-to-be avoid caffeine completely? It’s a tricky one because there’s varying information on it, points out the American Pregnancy Association. What is for sure is that caffeine is a stimulant, a diuretic (promotes production of urine), and it can cross through the placenta to the baby. The APA suggests avoiding caffeine as much as possible during pregnancy because none of these things are the best for the pregnancy or baby. Others suggest moderating caffeine levels, at the very least. Remember that caffeine isn’t just in coffee. It can be lurking in chocolate, soda, tea, and even some medications.

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