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Is It Safe to Drink Coffee During Pregnancy?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Women should consider giving up coffee in pregnancy. Though you may be hesitant to give up your morning cup of coffee, caffeine has been associated with a number of prenatal risks. When consumed in high doses, caffeine has even been linked with increased rates of miscarriage. The main concern with coffee is its caffeine content. If you regularly have more than 200mg of caffeine while you’re pregnant, you are more at risk of miscarriage or having a baby with a low birth weight.

Plus, as it does in adults, caffeine can increase a baby’s heart rate. Also, because a fetus’ immature liver can’t rid itself of the caffeine as quickly as an adult liver, the caffeine may remain in the fetus’ bloodstream longer, and at higher levels. A further caution is that caffeine has similar metabolic effects as the stress hormone adrenaline; both can theoretically reduce blood flow to the uterus. Recent studies have focused on the effects of coffee intake during pregnancy. A large-scale Danish study polled more than 80,000 pregnant women regarding their coffee intake. This study found that women who drank large amounts of coffee during pregnancy were more likely to experience a miscarriage. Women who drank more than 2 cups of coffee a day had a slightly increased risk of miscarriage, while those that drank 8 or more cups experienced a 59% increase. This is why it is so important to watch your caffeine intake during pregnancy. Interestingly, this Danish study found that this considerably greater risk of miscarriage was specific to coffee. Other caffeinated beverages and foods did not present the same significant increase, leading researchers to believe that other chemicals contained in coffee could possibly play a role in causing miscarriage.

Besides being harmful for your developing baby, caffeine in coffee — at least in high doses — could be harmful to you. Research suggests that pregnant women detoxify caffeine at a slower rate while pregnant, allowing the caffeine to build up to higher levels in the bloodstream and remain in the system longer, compounding its effects. Caffeine also has a diuretic effect, which can increase the frequency of urination (increasing your already- frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom) and can possibly lead to dehydration. Also, it can lessen the absorption of iron from foods in your diet during pregnancy.

Just as quitting smoking and drinking can be difficult, it can also be hard to eliminate caffeine from your daily diet. After all, caffeine is an addictive drug. Here are some tips on how to reduce your caffeine intake and ensure that you and your baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

• Cut back on your caffeine intake slowly. Going cold turkey can cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms, like headaches and nausea.
• Try replacing your caffeinated beverages with non-caffeinated ones, like decaf coffee.
• Exercise regularly to help combat any withdrawal symptoms and to stay energized.
• Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help you manage cravings and fatigue.

Finding A Good Pregnancy And Parenting Resource

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Pregnancy can be difficult the first few months for all women. Things happen with your body that you have no control over. It can seem like everything is falling apart, but have faith, everything will be fine. Here is a list of some of the most common pregnancy problems you may encounter. Hopefully this will help you feel a lot better and know that you’re not alone in your feelings.

Morning sickness is without a doubt the most common of the pregnancy problems. It can come at any time of the day, not just in the morning. To help prevent that sick feeling in the morning, wake up slowly. Try eating some plain crackers or dry cereal before getting up. Avoid warm places; heat can increase nauseas feelings. Keep fresh air flowing by opening windows, or turning on exhaust fans. Cooking things in the microwave will emit fewer odors than cooking in the oven or stovetop. Eat something salty before meals, avoid greasy or spicy foods, and try not to drink fluids with your meals. Spread your meals out throughout the day, into about 6 smaller meals. Try taking your prenatals later in the day, and ask your doctor about vitamin B6 and ginger supplements.

Abdominal Pain or Cramps

With all of the stress and strain that is being put on your body it is only normal to experience abdominal pains or cramps at various times. To help in relieving these pains, try using a warm heating pad. You may also want to do some exercises in order to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Talk to your doctor to find out which kinds of exercises are best for you.

Swelling

Swelling is also something you are likely to experience during pregnancy. Wearing support hose can help to control your weight gain in your legs and ankles. You should avoid standing for long periods of time or wear tight fitting shoes. Avoid diuretics, as these will lead to increased swelling. Stay off your feet as much as possible, and elevate your legs when sitting. Lying down is even better than sitting.

Constipation

This one can sometimes be difficult to control, but if you will drink water and eat foods high in fiber, you should help fight against it. Foods like fruits and vegetables, and whole grain cereals and breads are the best in fighting off constipation.

Fatigue

Fatigue is quite common during pregnancy. The most effective method for dealing with fatigue is to get plenty of rest. Try to several naps during the day. Eat a well balanced diet, including about an extra 300 calories per day. Iron deficiency is a leading cause of fatigue, so be sure to get enough. Although it may seem counter-productive, fatigue can often be relieved by exercising. Exercise will be refreshing and will leave you feeling energized.

Bladder Problems

Bladder problems can be the worst part of pregnancy. You feel like you have to go to the bathroom constantly. But, you can also experience other bladder problems. It is important to drink plenty of water and avoid junk food, refined starches, coffee, sugar, tea, and foods high in acidic content. Avoid using soap on your genitals. Be sure to empty your bladder and wash with water after intercourse. Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. Try to include cabbage, leeks, and garlic in your diet, drink 3 glasses of cranberry juice every day, and take a vitamin C supplement.

Being pregnant should be one of the happiest times of your life with all the expectations and dreams for the future. Pregnancy makes a woman enter into a new life, and this journey to a newborn baby is not so easy. Some women move towards a healthy pregnancy, whereas others do not find themselves so lucky. They have to undergo several problems during pregnancy leading to a not-so healthy time being a pregnant woman.

So, to help such pregnant women, Gurgle is here to help you with every parenting query you encounter, from feeling your baby kick for the first time, to deciding on the right childcare. Gurgle is also to help you meet other parents who share similar experiences to you, but also for you to share your parenting expertise with them.

On a basic level you can use Gurgle as a source of information on all aspects of parenting. Gurgle provides you with related articles, videos, groups, answers, chat and kit for you to peruse through. You can also use Gurgle in a much more personal way. Register free and each week Gurgle will be able to show you all the videos, articles and expert advice most relevant to you so you can keep track of your baby’s development. Gurgle will also connect you to other members going through the same experiences as you are and you’ll be able to build your own network of Gurgle friends.

Gurgle is still a baby and has lots of growing to do. Gurgle hopes that you come to see this website as more than just another baby guide, rather as an experienced older sister who can solve your baby-themed problems.