It is quite for the health of you and your baby to watch what you eat during pregnancy.
Caffeine is well known as a stimulant and when it is consumed during pregnancy, it is given across the placenta to your baby. A baby’s metabolism cannot process the stimulant like an adult’s metabolism.
The best thing you can do for your baby during pregnancy is to consume as little caffeine as possible, says the American Pregnancy Association. It also provides some additional information in this connection:
- Caffeine can stimulate your heart rate and increases your blood pressure that both are considered harmful during pregnancy.
- Urine output increases because of caffeine and it can lead to dehydration.
- It can cause changes in your baby’s movement patterns and sleep.
- It’s a general view that caffeine is just found in coffee or sodas, but the truth is that it is found in many foods and you need to check labels to look for caffeine content.