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    Whats your take on coffee intake during pregnancy? My sister is a coffee lover like me, and she just found out shes pregnant. How much coffee can she take in a day?

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    Through all three (and now fourth) pregnancies my wife has reduced her caffiene intake.
    She still has tea but now I make her a decaf if she feels like a coffee.

    Not sure on recommended amounts at all though.

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    Hi Heidi

    I drank coffee throughout both of my pregnancies although, I have to admit, at that stage it was only instant (Jarrah Vienna).

    I dont think mild amounts are bad for a developing baby particularly, but when it does come into play is once the baby is born - if your sister is going to be breastfeeding, the caffeine goes directly through to her milk and, as a consequence, the baby and it can keep the baby awake.

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    Heres the NSW food authority page on what to eat and not eat in pregnancy. At the bottom of the page is the NSW Health recommendation on caffeine. It indicates 200mg of caffeine per day is okay while pregnant (it says thats about 2 cups of coffee):
    http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/...ood/pregnancy/

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    Is there anything women can eat or drink these days? I have a friend who is currently pregnant and the list of donts is insane.

    To be honest, one or two cups of latte a day should be okay, just keep away from instant as it has higher levels of caffeine than espresso.

    I drank latte and cappucinos through both my pregnancies and my 2 girls are ok.

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    Id be very cautious about government recommendations, the information is often far from accurate, for a wide variety of reasons.

    If coffee is important to her I would suggest a good read of the scientific coffee sites and a collection of papers through Google Scholar. Then turn that information into "intelligence". Information needs to be judged by reliability, consistency, the goals of the provider, and its applicability to the individual, before it becomes intelligence.

    This can be a bit of a long process but at the end you are likely to have an answer that suits the individual.

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    Thanks all for sharing some information. Id share them with my darling sis.

    Thanks Jakes for the link. And thanks Greg for the advice.

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    Probably best if she sticks to decaf for a while, better to be safe than sorry.

    It cant be any worse for the baby than all those *insert harsh name here* mothers that smoke while pregnant.

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    Personally I would go on the safe side and minimize coffee and anything else that could "potentially" harm a baby. I would want to give the baby its best chance of a healthy start. But hey my parents smoked they had me and Im ok banans purple rain and dust shelter bush. :D

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    I drank 2 coffees a day throughout my 4 pregnancies, my kids are all healthy. The recommended intake is between 1-3 caffeinated drinks daily depending on which doctor you speak to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D3422282F2520410 link=1268919250/4#4 date=1269039170
    To be honest, one or two cups of latte a day should be okay, just keep away from instant as it has higher levels of caffeine than espresso.
    One or two cups is fine - I agree. Though I very much doubt that instant has higher levels of caffeine - as with all coffee-related matters, it depends on how you make it.

    See: http://coffeetea.about.com/library/blcaffeine.htm


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    Quote Originally Posted by 6664687567606969050 link=1268919250/10#10 date=1271021061
    Though I very much doubt that instant has higher levels of caffeine
    That table youre using is comparing a double shot of espresso to a single shot of instant. Ergo, where the same amount of coffee is in the cup, the one with the instant will be higher in caffeine content.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B6965786A6D6464080 link=1268919250/10#10 date=1271021061
    Quote Originally Posted by 2D3422282F2520410 link=1268919250/4#4 date=1269039170
    To be honest, one or two cups of latte a day should be okay, just keep away from instant as it has higher levels of caffeine than espresso.
    One or two cups is fine - I agree. Though I very much doubt that instant has higher levels of caffeine - as with all coffee-related matters, it depends on how you make it.

    See: http://coffeetea.about.com/library/blcaffeine.htm


    That table youre using is comparing a double shot of espresso to a single shot of instant. *Ergo, where the same amount of coffee is in the cup, the one with the instant will be higher in caffeine content.
    Im happy to stand corrected, but I still dont think instant has more caffeine - though as I said originally, it depends on how you make your coffee.

    Im betting that an average flat white made with espresso coffee has more caffeine than instant ... where both cups have the same volume of liquid. I know I get a much greater caffeine jolt from the espresso I make, than I do from instant.

    http://wilstar.com/caffeine.htm

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    Re: Coffee During Pregnancy

    my wife just had a baby a couple days ago, but she was drinking 1 cup a day without any issues.. :)

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    Well, one issue. *;)

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    The only time a coffee gave me heart palpitations and caused me to feel quite ill was when I was out in the bush with a few mates (about 20-25 years ago) and the only coffee available was some kind of very dubious "Caterers Blend" that one of the blokes snaffled from somewhere....

    One teaspoon of this stuff in an enamel mug with milk and two sugars was absolutely lethal. And I wasnt the only bloke that this caused problems for. I really enjoy a good strong brew, so long as the coffee is decent, and have never had this happen to me before or since. With this particular stuff, it was the case of how much coffee was blended in with the caffeine.... :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by 414A404E582B0 link=1268919250/3#3 date=1268946793
    Heres the NSW food authority page on what to eat and not eat in pregnancy. At the bottom of the page is the NSW Health recommendation on caffeine. It indicates 200mg of caffeine per day is okay while pregnant (it says thats about 2 cups of coffee):
    http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/...ood/pregnancy/
    I wonder how many mg of caffeine is in a standard starbucks Venti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59464E5D505551513C0 link=1268919250/16#16 date=1271247189
    I wonder how many mg of caffeine is in a standard starbucks Venti. [/url]

    Depends on what you mean by standard, but ...

    http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2007/10/18/how_much_caffeine_in_starbucks_coffee.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5E41495A575256563B0 link=1268919250/16#16 date=1271247189
    I wonder how many mg of caffeine is in a standard starbucks Venti.
    For me, absolutely zero caffeine- because theres no way Ill ever drink one...

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    Are you pregnant chris? Congrats mate! ;D

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    Far from a comprehensive literature review, but this is what I found in having a quick look in my Obstetrics and Gynaecology textbooks

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    Armstrong and associates (1992) reported that women who consumed at least five cups of coffee per day had a slightly increased abortion risk, and that above this threshold, the risk correlated linearly. Similarly, Cnattingius and colleagues (2000) observed a significantly increased abortion risk only in women who consumed at least 500 mg of caffeine daily—roughly equivalent to 5 cups of coffee. Klebanoff and associates (1999) reported that pregnant women in whom levels of the caffeine metabolite, paraxanthine, were extremely elevated had a twofold risk for miscarriage. They concluded that moderate caffeine consumption was unlikely to cause spontaneous abortion.

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    a recent extensive literature review of the effects of caffeine concluded that pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine ( 5–6 mg/kg/day) spread throughout the day and do not smoke or drink alcohol have no increase in reproductive risks.

    I have been trained to tell expectant mothers that two "standard" coffees per day will not pose a risk to the pregnancy.

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    Hmm, interesting question. Ill ask a senior O&G consultant tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1120372E2F28232E38410 link=1268919250/20#20 date=1271299146
    Far from a comprehensive literature review, but this is what I found in having a quick look in my Obstetrics and Gynaecology textbooks

    Caffeine

    Armstrong and associates (1992) reported that women who consumed at least five cups of coffee per day had a slightly increased abortion risk, and that above this threshold, the risk correlated linearly. Similarly, Cnattingius and colleagues (2000) observed a significantly increased abortion risk only in women who consumed at least 500 mg of caffeine daily—roughly equivalent to 5 cups of coffee. Klebanoff and associates (1999) reported that pregnant women in whom levels of the caffeine metabolite, paraxanthine, were extremely elevated had a twofold risk for miscarriage. They concluded that moderate caffeine consumption was unlikely to cause spontaneous abortion.

    And another text:
    a recent extensive literature review of the effects of caffeine concluded that pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine ( 5–6 mg/kg/day) spread throughout the day and do not smoke or drink alcohol have no increase in reproductive risks.

    I have been trained to tell expectant mothers that two "standard" coffees per day will not pose a risk to the pregnancy.
    Very interesting. Thanks Pavoniboy. So 1-2 cups is safe. Five cups is way too much.



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