If you're pregnant, limit the amount of caffeine you have to 200 milligrams (mg) a day. This is about the same as 2 mugs of instant coffee.
High levels of caffeine in pregnancy can result in babies having a low birthweight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life. Too much caffeine can also cause a miscarriage.
Caffeine is found naturally in some foods and drinks, such as:
It's also added to:
The amount of caffeine found in some foods and drinks is as follows:
In a day, you will almost reach your 200mg caffeine limit if you have:
Try water, fruit juice, or decaffeinated tea or coffee. Limit the amount of energy drinks you have, as they can be high in caffeine.
If you occasionally exceed the recommended limit, don't worry. The risks are quite small.
Always talk to your midwife, pharmacist or another healthcare professional before taking any medicines in pregnancy, including cold and flu remedies.