Decaf coffee is always an option but if you want the real thing i would limit it to a cup a day... not an extra lg just a normal size cup of coffee... and because you are 20 weeks it should be fine... i just turned 13 and was gonna make normal coffee today as im outta the first trimester and then the baby brain kicked in and i grabbed the decaf by mistake lol so maybe tomorrow! lol
It depends on the doctor Lesley, but the current accepted upper limit is no more than 300mg/day, but many doctors will say 200mg to play it safe and I agree that less is always best.
A cup of coffee can have anywhere from 150-300mg of caffeine on it's own, so make sure that you're aware of the sort of coffee you are drinking and limit it as much as possible, but one cup per day should be absolutely fine. When it comes to sodas, the concern is more the sugar than anything else because most sodas have less than 40mg per 8-12oz, so it would take quite a few to exceed even the lower "upper" limit.
But don't necessarily replace with diet drinks or decaffeinated drinks....very often the processes used to decaffeinate coffee include chemicals and are recommended to be avoided during pregnancy, and diet sodas generally should be avoided too for the same reason - chemicals.
Most things are OK during pregnancy, in moderation, so just be reasonable! and ask your doctor if in doubt!
Ya i got my info out of the Mayo clinic guide to healthy pregnancy book(2011).. it says 200mg or less has shown to be safe for both mom and baby and states 500mg has shown to be dangerous, it didnt talk about inbetween but i still wouldnt go over or reccomend more than this...
i also found this to when checking out which places say what for their guidelines...
"Update: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised its guidelines about drinking coffee and caffeinated beverages in July of 2010. The new guidelines say that up to 200 mg daily of caffeine does not increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth. The new guideline was published in the August 2010 issue of “Obstetrics and Gynecology” and is based on a comprehensive review of all published studies on caffeine risks during pregnancy. "
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