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:
- Buckthorn Bark
- Duck Roots
- Juniper berries
- Labrador Tea
- Senna Leaves
Safe herbal teas
Other herbal teas are generally considered safe if taken in moderation (two to three cups per day):
- Citrus peel / orange peel
- Lemon balm
- Linden flower (not recommended for persons with pre-existing cardiac conditions)
- Rose hip
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