Pregnancy and caffeine

Should drink coffee during pregnancy?

When you are tired or sleepy when at work, you usually think of a cup of coffee or tea. These drinks usually contain caffeine stimulates the nervous and keeps you awake. But have you ever thought about the harmful effects of these beverages, especially for women who are pregnant yet?

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is found in the leaves and most coffee beans, tea leaves also in, cocoa and chocolate seeds. It is also used as an ingredient in cold medicines, analgesics and so on, and is widely used to combat headaches or drowsiness.

Many people think of coffee beans contain the most caffeine, but in fact, tea leaves contain 5% caffeine, while coffee bean contains only 1.2%.

Caffeine present in tea, coffee stimulates the nerve center, makes us alert, not tired or depressed.

The concentration of caffeine in a cup of tea or coffee

A cup of tea is about 150ml can contain caffeine 30 to 100mg. However, depending on how you brew your tea and use of raw materials (such as adding sugar, milk or tea using tea leaves or bags material), the concentration of caffeine will change.

The beans are divided into two categories: Robusta, this is the kind that contains more caffeine, and the other is Arabica. Typically, a cup of filter coffee contains approximately 150ml you drink 100 to 150ml of caffeine, this figure for instant coffee is from 60 to 100 mg, depending on type. A cup of espresso contains 90mg of about 150ml.

Caffeine in chocolate

A 200g chocolate bar contains about 550 mg compounds similar to caffeine. 30g chocolate may contain 20 to 60 mg of caffeine. So you should not eat too much chocolate childish!

Caffeine in carbonated drinks

Nowadays a lot of people “addicted” fizzy drinks; this is the kind of drinks that contain caffeine.

One can contain about 40mg caffeine coca cola, and a 250ml energy drink contains 80 to 100 mg, equal to a cup of espresso. Limit the use of the drinks are light!

The ability of our body to absorb caffeine depends largely on the ability of the liver and absorption. Studies prove that women can remove caffeine in your body faster than men due to the concentration of the hormone in the body differently. However, for women who are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives, this process will be much slower.

Caffeine can be absorbed into the body just after 1 hour. Then the body takes from 3.5 to 6 hours to reduce the concentration of caffeine in half.

Each type of tea or coffee will have a different concentration of caffeine, depending on the color, variety. Especially for tea, green tea such as Japan has much higher caffeine a few other tea varieties.

Has caffeine any effect?

For most of us, but caffeine can be harmful if used in moderation, it still has certain benefits. But still need to pay attention to dose when used, even when it is green tea or chocolate away.

Because of a form of stimulants the central nervous system, caffeine is rather diuretic effectively (encourage the kidney’s filtration) and the impact on the body.

The instant harmful effects of caffeine:

  • Leads to muscle spasms.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Slowly bring blood to the abdominal cavity.
  • Increased blood sugar levels.
  • Bronchial exposed.

Use a cup of coffee before going to sleep easily cause difficulty sleeping. Also, you will find yourself deeper sleep but in a shorter time or a shorter dreams. And the result is when you wake up, you will feel less rested. But there are also those with caffeine are less exposed to the hazards mentioned above.


As an antioxidant to caffeine likely prevent heart disease and cancer. Coffee also contains intermediate metabolites, a form of oxidative effect.

Support for premature babies has trouble breathing. Just a small amount of intravenous caffeine can stimulate infants’ brains to control the lungs to expand.

The double shift workers or people who are tired can use stimulants caffeine because of its benefit.

Use a cup of coffee to sober?

If you ask that question to those who drink, the answer is: no! Even a cup of strong coffee cannot make you sober. Caffeine can make you awake but cannot reduce blood alcohol concentrations.

Coffee addiction

I’m sure you’ve had this feeling even when you do not acknowledge. Caffeine today is not considered a substance, but the truth is it does constitute a difficult habit to quit. Because we palatable excitement when it should be used more and more used to find the same feeling. And the result is that we need to drink more to maintain that feeling.

These withdrawal symptoms (typically starting 12-24 hours, peaked at 48 hours and lasts from 1-5 days) after a day or after the brain has no caffeine begins to struggle with avidity back.

Some other symptoms are fatigue, irritability, nausea, nervousness, and somnolence. If worse may be depression, inability to concentrate and reduced finishing work motivation.

Does coffee make you worry?

Those who consider themselves addicted to coffee may be interested to know that a large amount of caffeine used in matters related to the clinical and psychological problems. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical of Mental Disorders Fourth (DSM – IV), said: “The four types of mental disorders caused by caffeine include caffeine intoxication, caffeine causes anxiety disorders, caffeine mess caffeine, sleep disturbances and other symptoms caused (NOS) “.

If an excessive amount of coffee, also known as coffee addicted, can cause panic disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.