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Detta · 30/05/2002 12:47

Anybody know what the latest guidelines are for caffeine intake? And has it affected anyone?

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pupuce · 30/05/2002 15:47

I don't know the latest guidelines as you call it but the less the better particularely true if you are pregnant or bfing !

elwar · 30/05/2002 16:04

Wonderful, fact-filled, World Wide Web!

Hope this helps, Detta

Do I have to give up caffeine now that I'm pregnant?

Not necessarily. You can still enjoy your favourite caffeinated drinks as long as you don't overdo it. Guidelines issued by the Food Standards Agency in October 2001 suggest that women have no more than 300mg of caffeine a day while pregnant. This is equivalent to three mugs of instant coffee or six cups of tea or eight cans of cola per day. Although these moderate amounts of caffeine are unlikely to harm you or your unborn baby, some women choose to cut out caffeine completely.

Is it dangerous to drink more than the moderate amount of caffeine during pregnancy?

No one really knows for sure, but research suggests that consistently having more that 300mg of caffeine per day could be related to a higher risk of low birthweight, miscarriage and birth defects, such as cleft palate.

Some research has failed to take into account other risk factors such as smoking and alcohol intake, which can also lead to complications in pregnancy, labour, and delivery. However, it still seems sensible to stick to moderate amounts of caffeine while pregnant.

What exactly does caffeine do to my body?

Caffeine is a stimulant; it increases your heart rate and metabolism, which in turn affects your developing baby. But while unremitting stress isn't healthy, brief bouts of fetal stress, such as that your baby would feel after you drink a cup of coffee, won't cause him any harm. It's akin to your dashing to the bus, another situation that briefly boosts your heart rate and metabolism.

Anyone who drinks coffee regularly knows that it can be addictive and that large amounts can also cause insomnia, nervousness, and headaches. And it's a diuretic, which causes your body to lose water and other fluids and calcium, all of which you need to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Caffeine hampers your body's ability to absorb iron if you drink it within one hour before or after a meal.

Which foods and beverages contain caffeine?

Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate. Some over-the-counter drugs, including headache and cold tablets, stay-awake medications, and allergy remedies also contain caffeine. Always seek your pharmacist's advice before you buy over-the counter remedies, and don't forget to mention that you are pregnant.
Even the amount of caffeine in coffee and tea can vary widely depending on whether the coffee grounds or tea leaves are brewed or instant, weak or strong. Colas and other drinks vary in caffeine content, too. You might be surprised how easily you can get a big dose of caffeine.

Lollypop · 30/05/2002 20:58

Emma's Diary (my bible) agrees with Elwar, 2 cups of coffee or 6 cups of tea. Mind you I really went off coffee when I was pg. 3 yrs ago and haven't enjoyed it since so I've had no problems giving it up this time.

harmy · 07/11/2002 15:04

Is there any one out there who could recommend a remedie for a severe cols whist pregnant, ideally this would herbal, as my gp advises he not allowed to prescribe anything but paracetamol, which does nothing at all for my symptoms.

harmy · 07/11/2002 15:05

Is there any one out there who could recommend a remedie for a severe cold whist pregnant, ideally this would herbal, as my gp advises he not allowed to prescribe anything but paracetamol, which does nothing at all for my symptoms.

SoupDragon · 07/11/2002 15:06

I wish I knew - I had several nasty colds when pregnant with DS2 and could only have paracetamol

You do need to be careful with herbal remedies too as not all of these are suitable in pregnancy.

threeangels · 07/11/2002 15:19

Dont they say that the more caffeine you drink the more likely you will have an overactive child (personality wise)? Not saying this is true for all babies.

lou33 · 07/11/2002 15:46

I usually grind up 2 paracetamol into a mug, add a big dollop of honey and some lemon juice, with some hot water and that seems to work.

prufrock · 07/11/2002 15:52

Even better add a slug of brandy! I know we shouldn't drink when pregnant, but a small tot for purely medicinal reasons on a v. occasional basis made me feel a lot better.

Olbas Oil is also Ok to sniff during pregnancy and can help with congestion

Lindy · 07/11/2002 17:05

To suggest 'two cups of coffeee' a day to a confirmed coffee drinker is ridiculous, I drank at least 6 mugs of STRONG (I am not talking puny instant muck - I am a coffee snob!)coffee during pregnancy & b/feeding - but I do now have a very lively & active toddler - perhaps your comment is right Threeangels!!

SofiaAmes · 07/11/2002 17:55

Harmy, how pregnant are you. I got a really bad cold in the last month of my pregnancy when I could hardly sleep anyway. I decided to take the American equivalent of Lemsip. I figured that all my baby's bits were formed at that point and the most important thing was that I managed to get some sleep. I would not recommend doing this in the first trimester.
Otherwise ot water with fresh ginger and honey is soothing on the throat. Or some Eucalyptus Oil on a tissue to clear your sinuses.

GillW · 07/11/2002 17:55

I feel cheated - how come I drank decaff all the way through my pregnancy and still ended up with an ultra-lively toddler compared to all those of my friends/at his nursery? Oh well - I'll just have to persuade myself that he'd have been even more hyper if I'd had the caffeine too ...

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