Caffeine in the Third Trimester

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I am now in my third trimester but I am a worried about my baby development since I still consume some caffeine from sodas. I was wondering if I drank sodas at small amounts through out my whole pregnancy, of how it's effecting my baby now?

ANSWER

I am not sure how much caffeine you are drinking but I can tell you that it is recommended not to consume more then 300 mg per day. That is about two to three 8-oz cups of coffee. Soft drinks average about 40 to 50 mg. This is true throughout your entire pregnancy.

My recommendation is to stick to healthier beverages. There is nothing nutritious in a soft drink and they can add tons of calories from sugar if drinking regular ones. If you are thirsty you are much better off drinking water, 100% juice, or milk. You should also limit caffeine if you plan to breastfeed.

-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.