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Oct 07,2022

By Star of Baby

Many people start their day with coffee to be energetic the whole day. They tend to feel tired and dull without coffee. It is caffeine that makes the coffee that much more energizing. During pregnancy, women need to be careful about what to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy. Researchers have said that caffeine is not suitable for pregnant women due to some health risks and they should exclude caffeine from their routine. 

Decaffeinated coffee is a popular alternative to coffee that contains less caffeine than regular coffee. But due to the presence of caffeine, some ladies wonder if decaffeinated coffee is safe for them during pregnancy or not. In this blog, we will talk about consuming decaffeinated coffee during pregnancy, and whether it is safe or not for pregnant women. Keep reading to know all about decaffeinated coffee and pregnancy.

What is decaffeinated coffee?
Decaffeinated coffee is the same as regular coffee. Decaffeination removes 97% or more caffeine in coffee beans by immersing them in liquid. A typical cup of decaffeinated coffee has about 2 mg of caffeine, compared to a regular cup of coffee which has 95 mg of caffeine. Most decaffeinated coffee is made using the Swiss Water Process in which they remove the caffeine from the coffee beans, without using any solvent.

Is decaffeinated coffee 100% caffeine free?
Though decaffeinated coffee goes through the process of removing caffeine, it is impossible to remove every single milligram of it and there is still a little amount left in decaffeinated coffee. It contains 3% caffeine compared to regular coffee. The amount of caffeine in decaffeinated coffee is based on the method used to remove the caffeine from the coffee beans.

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Is it okay to drink decaffeinated coffee during pregnancy?

Since 93% of caffeine is removed from decaffeinated coffee, drinking it during pregnancy is not a matter of concern until the amount of caffeine you intake is minimum. In short, however, 93% of caffeine is removed from decaffeinated coffee but it still has 3% caffeine in it. You need to set a limit on consuming decaffeinated coffee. Try to drink as little as you could. Keep one more thing in mind, whenever you drink decaffeinated coffee, try not to consume any other caffeine products like chocolates, soft drinks, and energy drinks on the same day. It may harm your baby and also a risk to your own health. So, always be careful while consuming caffeine products during pregnancy.

What are the side effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee during pregnancy?

Being an adult, your body will be able to break the caffeine down but your baby’s body doesn’t!! consuming a large amount of caffeine can harm you in the following ways.

These are the effects that might be seen while drinking decaffeinated coffee regularly and in large quantities:-

  • It may cause heartburn
  • Upset your stomach
  • Interrupt in your sleep
  • Could increase your blood pressure
  • You may feel dizziness and a slight headache
  • Can accumulate in the tissues of the unborn baby
  • Can lead to stillbirth
  • Can cause miscarriage
  • Dehydrate your body
  • It can increase your heart rate
  • Can affect your baby’s weight
  • It can make you addictive

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What should be the limit of drinking decaffeinated coffee during pregnancy?

The best quantity of consuming decaffeinated coffee for pregnant women should be less than 200 mg per day. You need to avoid consuming more than one caffeine product a day. Need to maintain an appropriate caffeine intake per day.

And if you want to avoid caffeine completely during your pregnancy, you may use other caffeine-free products, for example, caffeine-free energy drinks, milk, hot water with honey and lemon, etc.