Blog written by Lauren Brenton, One MamaMidwife
Can you drink coffee during pregnancy?
Pregnancy comes with a large range of lifestyle changes to ensure the health and development of the growing baby. One common question that we get asked as midwives all the time is “can I have coffee during pregnancy?”. This topic is one that has sparked many debates over the years, with most health professionals advising caution when it comes to consuming too much caffeine during pregnancy. In this blog, we delve into the effects of caffeine in pregnancy and explore the República Organic Coffee Decaf range as a potential alternative for expectant mothers. Information in this blog is of general nature and should not replace specific medical advice from your midwife or obstetrician.
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that is found in a variety of drinks, including coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, tea and chocolate. Caffeine can also be found in some prescription and over-the-counter medications. Coffee remains the most common source of caffeine in diets worldwide.
Caffeine during pregnancy
Excessive caffeine exposure during pregnancy is described as an intake greater than 300mg/day. Excessive caffeine intake during pregnancy has been shown to be associated with infertility, recurrent miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, birth defects, pregnancy-induced hypertension and childhood behavioural concerns (Wikoff et al., 2017).
Evidence suggests that small amounts of caffeine is safe during pregnancy. In Australia, it is recommended that the maximum amount of caffeine is 200mg per day for a pregnant woman. The exact amount of caffeine in each drink varies, however as an estimate 200mg is the same as:
- 1 cup of strong espresso style coffee or
- 3 cups of instant coffee or
- 4 cups of medium strength tea or
- 4 cups of hot chocolate or
- 4 cans of soft drinks
It is advised to avoid sports and energy drinks during pregnancy.
Benefits of drinking Decaf coffee during pregnancy
For many women drinking coffee is more than just a drink, it is a source of comfort and pleasure. Pregnancy can impact so much of women’s lives, mood and emotions. Drinking Decaf coffee not only allows you to maintain your daily ritual and enjoy a sense of normalcy during a period of rapid changes but it can bring little moments of enjoyment. Thus, positively contributing to your emotional wellbeing.
República Organic Coffee Decaf Range
In general, Decaffeinated drinks are a preferred alternative. For women looking for a caffeine alternative with that same delicious coffee taste, República Organic has you covered. Decaf coffee goes through a process that removes majority of the caffeine, typically this is done using harsh chemicals which is why Decaf coffee has a bad reputation for chemicals and taste. This is where República Organic is different, they use just air & water to remove the caffeine, which means the coffee still retains the same flavours and aromas. The República Organic Decaf range provides pregnant mothers with an opportunity to indulge in that comforting cup of coffee while minimising their caffeine intake.
República Organic Decaf Coffee during pregnancy
República Organic high-quality Decaf options for those who prefer to limit their caffeine intake, especially during pregnancy. Here are some benefits of exploring the República Organic Decaf range:
- Reduced caffeine intake: The República Organic Decaf range is 99.7% caffeine free which is less caffeine than chocolate!!
- Rich flavour profiles: You wouldn’t know that you’re not drinking caffeinated coffee when you’re drinking the República Organic Decaf range as it has the same distinctive taste and aroma that coffee lovers appreciate.
- Variety of options: The República Organic Decaf range has the option of instant coffee, pods and beans (coming soon!) ensuring there is a coffee option for everyone.
While it's recommended to limit caffeine consumption during pregnancy to 200mg/day, the availability of Decaffeinated coffee options like the República Organic Coffee Decaf range provides a delicious alternative for pregnant mothers who still want to enjoy the experience of sipping a warm cup of coffee. With the República Organic Coffee Decaf range, pregnant women can savour the flavours of coffee without compromising their health or the well-being of their growing baby. Remember, moderation and informed choices are key when it comes to enjoying coffee during pregnancy. Always consult your healthcare professional if you have any concerns during your pregnancy.
Blog Written by Lauren Brenton
Endorsed Midwife and Mum of 4 + Founder of One Mama Midwife Pty Ltd
Originally Published on One MamaMidwife, 23/7/23