Coffee And Cola Not Harmful In Pregnancy

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Here's some good news for expecting mothers. Experts have found that pregnant woman can drink up to three cups of instant coffee or four cans of cola each day.

But if turning to nearby coffee shop, then they should limit themselves to one Espresso, Cappucino or latte per day.

While having large amounts of caffeine during pregnancy does not appear to cause birth defects, drinking high amounts of caffeine may make it more difficult to conceive and may increase the risk of miscarriage or having a baby with low birth weight.

It is best to avoid both the extremes. Avoiding coffee completely is not necessary and too much of coffee can also cause problems. The best is to have it occasionally.

Those who are trying to conceive or those who are pregnant should take folic acid and iodine.

"Health professionals recommend taking a supplement of at least 400 micrograms every day one month before and three months after conception to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a birth defect.

Story first published: Monday, January 25, 2010, 14:42 [IST]
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