How much caffeine have you had today?
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Caffeine is found in tea and coffee, cola, other soft drinks and chocolate. In pregnancy you should have no more than 200mg a day.
- A can of cola has around 40mg of caffeine
- A mug of tea has around 75mg
- A bar of plain chocolate has around 50mg
- A cup of instant coffee has around 100mg
- A mug of filter coffee has around 140mg
- Energy drinks: a 250ml can has around 80mg.
If you drink sports drinks, check the amount of caffeine in these too. Some now have caffeine added.
It can add up quickly! You will be reaching your limit with, for example:
- one bar of plain chocolate and one mug of filter coffee
- two mugs of tea and one can of cola.
Cutting down on caffeine
Decaffeinated tea and coffee, fruit juice or water are all good choices if you are used to drinking a lot of caffeinated drinks. Limit the amount of energy drinks you have, as they can be high in caffeine. Don’t worry if you have in the past gone over the 200mg limit. The risks are quite small.
In pregnancy it's important to eat well. If you are used to eating foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, you can make a few changes that will be good for you and your baby.
The amount of alcohol in a drink is measured in 'units'. One unit refers to 10ml of alcohol.
Avoiding alcohol may be easy if, like lots of women, you go off the taste early in your pregnancy. But for some others, it can be a challenge.
It's always important to have plenty of fluids during pregnancy. Not having enough to drink can affect you and your baby.
You don't have to stop having fun now you're pregnant - but there are a few things you'll have to give up or cut to almost zero. Alcohol is one of these things, because it can damage your growing baby.
1. NHS Choices. Caffeine in pregnancy. http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/limit-caffeine-during-pregnancy.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=216 [accessed 12/11/2014]Hide details
ℹLast reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.