Ladies, do you crave for coffee and tea every morning? Are you the one who expects morning tea/coffee by your side every day? Coffee/ tea can be your most favourite beverage, but now that you are pregnant you should be a bit more careful about the amount of caffeine you consume daily. It’s important to understand the effects of caffeine on your body and to know how much caffeine is fine to ingest on a daily basis.
Caffeine is a stimulant that keeps your body and mind alert. It is the most common way to reduce tiredness. It is not only limited to tea or coffee but is also found in chocolate, soda, energy drinks and even in most of the medications for headache, cold and allergies.
How does Caffeine affect your baby?
Many people rely on caffeine to boost their day. Are you one among them? Does it become difficult to start your day without a big mug of coffee? And do you find it even more difficult to break this habit when you’re pregnant? Remember, not everything you eat or drink is safe to consume during pregnancy.
Studies suggest that a pregnant woman should not consume more than 200mg of caffeine per day. This is about 2-3 cups of coffee per day. Whatever you consume, it is absorbed by the placenta which is the wall of the uterus where the baby develops. It absorbs all the nutrients from the food but lacks the enzyme to metabolize caffeine and there are chances of high-level build up. Caffeine acts as an energizer that increases the heart rate and blood pressure levels which will make you alert but affects your unborn. It can make your baby awake for a longer duration leading to increased movements. It can also lead to more number of bathroom breaks that causes dehydration. Moreover, it can intensify your mood swings and increases the risk of miscarriage.
How to remove Caffeine craving habit?
There are a few easy steps to wean off coffee during pregnancy. You can adopt these practices in your daily diet to help you feel energized throughout the day. These are some low or no-caffeine tips that you can incorporate in your lifestyle.
A handful of nuts every morning - An alternative to morning coffee is a glass of warm milk with a handful of dry fruits and nuts. Cashews and dates soaked overnight are a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and zinc that will give you an instant boost. Drinking milk will maintain your body’s high calcium requirement too.
Lemon Water and Buttermilk - Consuming at least 8 glasses of water a day will help you stay hydrated. It will even help the organs function properly by removing toxins which, in turn, will make you active throughout the day. We often avoid water because it’s tasteless. So instead of plain water you can cut a few lemons and sprinkle black salt or drink buttermilk instead. The more fluids you drink the more energized you will be.
Replace your 4 PM Tea - We often have the habit of sipping tea with some snacks around 4 PM. It is difficult to end that eating habit all of a sudden. Instead of tea/ coffee what you can do is have a glass of lassi or chaas. A glass of cold lassi will make you feel fuller for a longer duration. It will even help you cool down your body temperature and beats the heat.
Decaf Coffee or Tea - Even after trying hard if you can’t live without your fancy coffee drinks, you can opt for decaf tea/coffee beverage. Though even decaf coffee and tea contains a minimal amount of caffeine. But its’ comparatively less caffeinated.
We understand that it’s not easy to cut down on your favourite caffeine all of a sudden. But your baby is a part of you and whatever you consume your baby is consuming too. Reducing caffeine for a few months will reduce the risks during delivery and give you a healthy baby.