There’s already so much you have to give up when you’re pregnant. You’ll love us for telling you this – caffeine isn’t one of it!
Everyone loves their morning coffee and tea – it helps us wake up and gives us the needed boost to kickstart our day! It’s pretty much become a habit for us to grab that morning cup, but pregnant ladies who were heavy drinkers of coffee and tea really should cut down on those drinks during their pregnancy and have it in moderation.
Caffeine, like anything else that pregnant ladies consume, will be passed on to the baby that’s growing inside them via the placenta. However, because baby’s metabolism hasn’t matured yet, they won’t be able to fully process the caffeine.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a “moderate amount” of caffeine during pregnancy is defined as less than 200 milligrams a day.
We’ve listed down the amount of caffeine that’s in your usual Kopi and Teh. Do note though, the amount stated is based on the average coffeeshop cup size. But remember, foods such as chocolates and certain soft drinks, contain caffeine too, so take them into account when deciding if you should have a second cuppa!
Here are caffeine values for some drinks:
These values are on average.
Kopi from your local kopitiam
Kopi and its variations (C, Kosong, Siew Dai, etc.): 140mg
Kopi Po and its variations: 70mg
Kopi Gao and its variations: 210mg
Teh from your local kopitiam
Teh and its variations (C, Kosong, Siew Dai, etc.): 50mg
Teh Po and its variations: 25mg
Teh Gao and its variations: 80mg
Starbucks Coffees (Take note that the caffeine content in Starbucks drinks can vary even when ordering the same drink from the same outlet)
Tall (single shot): 75mg
Grande (double shot): 150mg
Soft Drinks (Can)
Coke Zero: 34mg
Diet Coke / Coke Light: 46mg
Mountain Dew: 54mg
Diet Pepsi: 34mg
Also take note that the above list is only for caffeine content – some of those drinks may have less caffeine in them, but are actually a LOT sweeter than those with higher caffeine. All that sugar could lead to gestational diabetes, which is also bad for both you and your baby!