Caffeine and Pregnancy

August 9, 2011

I think it’s pretty well accepted that you should cut caffeine out or drastically reduce it from your daily routine once you are pregnant, but I found it hard to determine how much is really allowed.

  • The American Pregnancy Association says [t]he less caffeine you consume, the better.” and “Avoiding caffeine as much as possible is your safest course of action.”  They do note that experts cite a maximum of 150mg – 300mg as the upper limit of what a pregnant woman should consume daily.
  • Kaiser Permanente says to limit yourself to 1 cup of coffee, which I found unsatisfyingly simplistic.

So, I think airing on the side of caution, a maximum of 150 mg/day is a safe bet.  I made this chart to help mommas-to-be figure out how much caffeine they are consuming every day.  The information comes from the Mayo Clinic unless otherwise noted.