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Caffeine and Pregnancy

April 8, 2011

Caffeine consumption should be kept to a minimum during pregnancy of 200mg per day which is equivalent to 2 ½ cups of instant coffee or 4 cups of mid strength tea.

Caffeine is a stimulant which releases adrenaline and stimulates the skeletal muscles, respiratory system and heart.

Excessive intake of caffeine during pregnancy can increase the risk of premature and/or low birth weight or even miscarriage.

Consuming caffeine increases body temperature, heart rate and and urination.

Caffeine can come in many other forms of drinks other than tea and coffee.  Some examples are soft drinks (1 x 250ml can of red bull contains 80mg of caffeine) and chocolate bars.  Therefore, I suggest pregnant mothers read nutritional labels and be aware of what they are consuming.

About me: I’m a qualified Elite Personal Trainer, which means I’m a qualified Cert III Fitness Instructor, Cert IV Personal Trainer and Older Adults Trainer. I have done extensive training in Pre and Post Natal Fitness and Nutrition, which is now what I specialise in. I also train a group fitness class using the “Swiss ball”.

I’m also a Registered Fitness Professional with Fitness Australia. My registration number is 22987.

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