Caffeine & Pregnancy



  • Up to 90% of Americans consume caffeine daily.
  • Pregnant women receive warnings about caffeine intake.

Can I drink coffee during pregnancy?

  • Caffeine during pregnancy is safe in moderation.
  • Excessive caffeine can cause adverse effects on the baby.

Caffeine and fertility 

  • High caffeine intake can impact fertility, causing conception delays.
  • Babies born to mothers with high caffeine intake may experience caffeine withdrawal.

How much is too much 

  • Safe caffeine intake during pregnancy is around 200 to 300 milligrams per day.
  • A tall Starbucks coffee (12 oz) contains about 225 mg of caffeine.
  • A small cup of black tea (8 oz) contains about 47 mg of caffeine.
  • A can of Coke contains 34 mg of caffeine.
  • An energy drink like Monster contains 160 mg of caffeine.
  • Bang energy drink contains 300 mg of caffeine.
  • Refer to the caffeine chart by the Center for Science in the Public Interest for more information.


  • Be mindful of sugar and other ingredients in drinks.
  • Excessive sugar intake during pregnancy can have negative impacts on mother and baby.
  • Pregnant women should limit free sugar intake to six teaspoons per day.
  • Energy drinks and sodas contain high levels of sugar and chemicals that are not beneficial during pregnancy.

Herbal Tea

  • Herbal teas are great alternatives to caffeinated drinks during pregnancy.
  • Some pregnancy-safe herbal teas include raspberry leaf tea (avoid in the first trimester), peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, and dandelion root tea.
  • Raspberry leaf tea is especially beneficial for preparing the uterus for labor (2 cups a day in the third trimester).
  • Peppermint, ginger, and chamomile teas help with nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, and sleep.
  • Dandelion root tea tastes like coffee and can be mixed with coconut milk, honey, or stevia.
  • Moderate caffeine consumption (200-300 mg/day) is safe during pregnancy.
  • Avoid excessive amounts of coffee, especially venti-sized cups from Starbucks or 3-4 cups a day.
  • Tea has slightly less caffeine than coffee and reusing tea bags or switching to herbal teas can reduce caffeine intake.
  • Be mindful of added sugars in drinks that provide empty calories.


  • This video provides information on safe caffeine consumption during pregnancy and alternatives to reduce caffeine intake.
  • Online courses are available at to help navigate pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
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