|Here's Why Pregnant Mother should Avoid Coffee|
@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
Pregnancy can be a tough period. It can be challenging especially to first time moms who may not realize that there are certain foods they should avoid or limit during this crucial period on their child's development. Coffee is among the beverages pregnant women should limit from their diet.
Why you should limit coffee when you are pregnant?
Drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine which you get from roughly 2 cups of coffee is link by several research to an increase risk of congenital defect, low birth weight, preterm birth, and miscarriage among pregnant women.
Is coffee worth those risk?
Let's look at what makes coffee not a suitable beverage among pregnant mothers.
Caffeine which is found in coffee is the world's most widely used stimulant. Caffeine is a drug. Caffeine causes an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. It is also a diuretic which causes an increase in the frequency of urination which, if combined with poor fluid intake, can potentially lead to dehydration.
Caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor which means it decreases the diameter of blood vessels. It can limit the blood flow to the placenta and the unborn child.
Caffeine can cross the placenta and is poorly metabolized by the unborn baby because it's liver is not yet fully developed.
Should pregnant mother completely give up on coffee?
There are pregnant women who develop aversion to coffee while they are pregnant, but if you're a coffee lover, while you may not completely cut down on caffeine intake, you'll have to limit it's consumption during the course of your pregnancy.
Limiting intake of caffeine to less than 200 mg (less than 2 cups of coffee) per day is recommended for pregnant women.