EFSA Spotlight: 9 Months Without a Latte? Not So Fast …

pregnant-coffee-caffeine-safeThere are a lot of rules that change when you’re pregnant. But thankfully for those of us who love to wake up to warm java, the need to cut out caffeine is a myth. In a scientific opinion on caffeine safety, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) just reconfirmed that caffeine intakes of up to 200 mg a day do not raise safety concerns for the fetus. (Wondering how much 200 mg a day looks like in actual drinks? Check out our first spotlight on daily intakes and cut it in half.)

The EFSA scientific opinion jibes with the existing research and institutional opinions on caffeine and pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) scientific opinion, March of Dimes recommendation for pregnant women, and Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) resources all agree that a moderate amount of caffeine consumption doesn’t increase health risks for pregnant women. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the same thing about while you’re breastfeeding: Moderate consumption isn’t a problem.

Not pregnant yet, but trying? Caffeine research also shows that moderate caffeine intake doesn’t impact fertility or your chances of getting pregnant.

Ultimately, the best approach if you’re pregnant is to monitor your caffeine consumption and talk to your OB/GYN or physician about consuming caffeine during pregnancy. The good news is that you can still enjoy the simple pleasure of getting a little boost now and then!

Check out the first spotlight in our series on the EFSA report: What is a ‘Moderate Amount’ of Caffeine, Anyway? 

Fact Sheet on Caffeine and Health

Fact Sheet on Caffeine and Women's Health