Pregnancy can be a very exciting time for most people. It can also make some people feel anxious about what they should (or should not) be doing for their own and their baby's health. The information below will answer many frequently asked questions. There are also links to further reliable sources of information at the bottom of the page.
In recent years, research has emerged demonstrating that coffeein moderationmay have a number of previously unrecognized health-promoting properties. As a result of the rather impressive list of therapeutic benefits, I've modified my stance on coffee.
However, it's important to understand that coffee is both a potent drug, and a whole food provided it's organically grown, and the drug element of coffee can present problems for pregnant women.
Caffeine can significantly impact the growing fetus as it is able to freely pass through the placenta, and since caffeine does not provide any benefits to your baby, only potential hazards, I strongly recommend pregnant women avoid ALL forms of caffeine.
Coffee in Pregnancy Tied to Smaller, Later Newborns
In a recent Norwegian study, which included data on nearly 60,000 women, coffee and other caffeinated beverages increased the odds of delivering a low birth weight baby and/or extended the gestation period.
Lead researcher Dr. Verena Sengpiel, an obstetrician/gynecologist …
During pregnancy it is important to continue to eat a healthy balanced diet. You may have an increased appetite but it is not necessary to ‘eat for two', even if you are having twins or triplets. Too much weight gain increases your risk of developing problems later in the pregnancy. Also, extra weight is difficult to lose after the birth. According to the World Health Organization, for women with a normal pre-pregnancy weight, a weight gain of 10-14 kg over the pregnancy is associated with the lowest risk of pregnancy complications.
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