Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Is caffeine off limits during pregnancy?

With over 50 percent of Americans drinking coffee every day, many soon-to-be moms question if caffeine could be harmful to their baby. Dr. Jonathan Wise cautions that while caffeine can interfere with the sleep of you and your baby, it’s still considered safe to consume 200 milligrams daily during pregnancy. What does 200 mg. of caffeine look like? A 16-oz. latte can have up to 350 mg. of caffeine, but a regular 8-oz. cup of brewed coffee is usually only 100-200 mg. If you’re concerned about the effects of caffeine during pregnancy, keep track of your daily consumption and discuss with your OB/GYN if you have questions.

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