Caffeine and pregnancy

Too much caffeine isn’t good for you or your baby.

For women of childbearing age the recommendation is a maximum daily caffeine intake of no more than 300 mg —a little over two eight-ounce (237 ml) cups of coffee. This total should include natural sources of caffeine, including herbs such as guarana and yerba mate.

Start trying to limit how much coffee, strong tea and soft drinks you consume. Water, and milk are good alternatives that will provide you with more of the nutrients your baby needs.

Herbal teas to avoid

Warning! Some herbal teas, such as chamomile, aren’t good to drink when you’re pregnant.

You’ll also want to avoid teas with:

Safe herbal teas

Other herbal teas are generally considered safe if taken in moderation (two to three cups per day):

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