Energy drinks during pregnancy nearly double risk of stillbirth, study suggests. Consuming energy drinks during pregnancy may raise a woman’s risk of a stillbirth, research suggests. Stillbirths, when a baby dies after 24 weeks in the womb, affect around one in every 250 pregnancies in the UK.
Is it OK to drink energy drinks while pregnant?
Energy drinks are not recommended during pregnancy as they may contain high levels of caffeine, and other ingredients not recommended for pregnant women. Some cold and flu remedies also contain caffeine. Talk to your midwife, doctor or pharmacist before taking these remedies.
Do energy drinks cause birth defects?
Conclusions: We did not find convincing evidence of an association between maternal caffeine intake and the birth defects included in this study. The increasing popularity of caffeine-containing energy drinks and other caffeinated products may result in higher caffeine intake among women of childbearing age.
How does caffeine harm an unborn baby?
Facts: Numerous studies on animals have shown that caffeine can cause birth defects, premature labor, preterm delivery, reduced fertility, and increase the risk of low-birth-weight offspring and other reproductive problems.
Can you drink Coke when pregnant?
Yes. The Food Standards Agency recommends that pregnant women shouldn’t take more than 200mg of caffeine a day. A can of Coca‑Cola Classic contains 32mg of caffeine and a can of Diet Coke contains 42mg.
What if I accidentally drank too much caffeine pregnant?
Researchers say exposure to caffeine during pregnancy has already been linked to an increased risk of spontaneous abortion and low birth weight, and animal studies have suggested that large amounts of caffeine raise the risk of stillbirth in monkeys.
What are the side effects of energy drinks?
Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine
- Increased heart rate.
- High blood pressure.
- Heart palpitations.
What can I drink for energy while pregnant?
Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietician and author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide, suggests drinking coconut water, or adding mint, lemon, lime or cucumber slices to your H2O for a subtle kick of flavor.
How do you know if your baby has caffeine?
Signs that your caffeine intake is affecting your baby include:
- Increased fussiness and irritability.
- More trouble going to sleep or staying asleep.