Women, Pregnancy and Caffeine

What Pregnant Women Can Do
  • Pregnant Women.  Director of Women's Health at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, Dr Tracy Flanagan, had this recommendation for pregnant women who feel a need for a daily "energy jolt":
"Learn to perk up instead with natural energy boosts like a brisk walk, yoga stretches, snacking on dried fruits and nuts."

"If you definitely need caffeine to get you going, try keeping it to one cup or less a day. Avoiding it may be even better. Consider switching to decaffeinated coffee and other decaffeinated beverages during your pregnancy," she advised.
  • Seek help from medical professionals.  
  • Turn to natural sources of energy.  The best way to avoid a negative behavior is to replace it with a positive one.  If energy is what you seek, find it through more exercise, a good night’s sleep, and a nutritious diet. 
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Additional Resources

(Resources for the Caffeine topic)

Thomas J. Boud, MD, "The Energy Drink Epidemic,"Ensign, Dec. 2008.  

Russell Wilcox, “Energy Drinks:  The Lift That Lets You Down,” New Era, Dec. 2008.

See Sharon Worcester, “Energy Drinks Trends Alarm Some; No Data Back Safety,” Family Practice News, Feb. 1, 2007, 1.  

See David K. Stevenson, “On the Caffeination of Prematurity,” The New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 8, 2007, 1967-68.  

See Clifford J . Stratton, “Caffeine—the Subtle Addiction,” Ensign, June 1988, 60-61.

See Worcester, “Energy Drink Trends Alarm Some,” 45

See Sarah Kerrigan and Tania Lindsey, “Fatal Caffeine Overdose: Two Case Reports,” Forensic Science International, Oct. 4, 2005, 67-69.  

James O’Keefe, MD, and Joan O-Keefe, RD, The Forever Young Diet & Lifestyle, 2006, 233.