Drink less coffee

Feeling nauseous? Then it might be a good idea to reduce your coffee consumption. It’s also worth noting that according to some studies, caffeine can affect your child's birth weight.

Therese Sok

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Reviewed by Therese Sok

Licensed midwife

Drink less coffee
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In the early stages of pregnancy, the smell of coffee may result in feelings of nausea. Its taste may also lose its appeal with many seasoned and compulsive drinkers choosing to completely do away with their favorite beverage altogether. If you are vomiting a lot, you lose fluid - keep in mind that coffee and other caffeine drinks such as tea, Coca-Cola, and energy drinks are liquid-based and may worsen your condition.

According to some studies, trace amounts of coffee (caffeine) affect the fetus during pregnancy. It was once believed that there might be a connection between the amount of caffeine consumed and the length of a pregnancy, but this no longer seems valid. On the other hand, there are many that believe there is a correlation between caffeine intake and low birth weight.

Therefore reducing your caffeine consumption can help alleviate feelings of nausea as well as be beneficial to your baby's well-being. According to the Swedish Food Agency, pregnant women are recommended to limit their daily intake to a maximum of three cups of coffee. Whilst, other countries, such as the United Kingdom, recommend that you scaled down further or refrain from drinking completely.

Swedish Food Agency recommends:

  • Pregnant women should limit their daily consumption of caffeine to a maximum of 200 milligrams per day. This equates to about two to three cups of coffee at 1.5 decilitres/cup or four cups of black tea at 2 decilitres/cup.
  • Avoid dietary supplements with caffeine powder without dosage measurements as such products are very easy to accidentally overdose on.
  • Energy drinks that contain caffeine should not be used as a thirst quencher or as a replacement for fluids.
Swedish Food Agency

Reviewed by Swedish Food Agency