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How much caffeine can I have while pregnant?

Yes, you can have caffeine! Most experts will tell you that as long as you stay under approximately 200 mg of caffeine daily, you’ll be just fine.

There have been some studies that have looked at caffeine intake as a risk factor for miscarriage, and usually when women ask about caffeine in pregnancy, this is what they are referencing. Unfortunately, many of these studies were not well done and led to some inappropriate media attention. What we do know is that generally staying under 200mg is considered safe. To help you gauge how much that amounts to in your day-to-day life, here is a general guide (but keep in mind individual coffee/tea content can vary based on the blend and how it was brewed):

  • One shot of espresso: 50mg caffeine
  • 16oz Starbucks latte: 150mg
  • 16oz McDonald’s coffee: 100mg
  • 16oz Starbucks Pike Place coffee: 330mg
  • 8oz green tea: 40mg
  • 12oz Coca-Cola: 30mg
  • 12oz Mountain Dew: 50mg
  • 2oz Five-Hour Energy drink: 207mg

Comments

  1. Is this amount the same for every person? I am super sensitive to caffeine, and wonder if this makes a difference. I can’t drink more than one cup of coffee, and I can’t drink that one cup after 10am if I want to sleep at night:(. I added a sad face because I LOVE coffee.

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    1. Hi Leah, No studies that I am aware of have been done suggesting different amounts of safe levels of caffeine for people who respond differently to it, but I doubt there is a difference. The placenta works as a filter and shouldn’t in theory be any different for you vs. someone who can drink 4 cups and feel fine. Could always be the next hot study though!!

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    1. Thanks Alexe! I’m glad it was helpful to you!

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