Is Coffee Good Before Labor? An Expert's Perspective

Many women start a premature birth due to dehydration. In the summer months, it is important to rest often and drink plenty of water. It is essential to ask your doctor how much water you should drink daily. If you wake up with contractions and are sure you are in a preterm birth, you may be wondering if it is a good idea to have a cup of coffee.

The truth is, drinking coffee before labor will not help much. Exhaustion and sleep are two different things, and you will likely get an energy boost when the time comes since it is an exciting experience and you have no choice but to listen to your body. There is no substantial evidence that caffeine consumption can induce labor. The connection between caffeine intake and uterine contractions is likely due to the effect of caffeine on the uterine muscle.

In some cases, caffeine can cause preterm delivery, but the results were not significant. Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants in the United States, but pregnant women should limit its consumption during pregnancy. You can still drink your morning cup of coffee (about 12 ounces or less depending on the brand), but it is best to avoid drinking coffee all day long. If you plan on breastfeeding, it is best to not go overboard with coffee as it will reach breast milk.

However, there is a certain amount that is supposedly safe for pregnant mothers. Caffeine from all sources increased the duration of pregnancy by 5 hours per 100 mg of caffeine per day, but caffeine intake from coffee was associated with an even longer gestational duration: an additional 8 hours per 100 mg of caffeine per day. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently suggests a limit of 300 mg per day during pregnancy, but some countries recommend a limit of 200 mg, which may be less than a single cup of coffee in some cafes on the main street. In another study published by Epidemiology, there was no increased risk in women who drank a minimum amount of coffee per day (between 200 and 350 mg per day).

The caffeine in coffee crosses the placenta into the amniotic fluid and thus passes into the baby's bloodstream. For some pregnant women, nausea and vomiting caused them to lose their taste for coffee and artificial sweeteners. Coffee seems to be the most popular caffeinated beverage, but tea, chocolate and soft drinks also contain levels of caffeine. New research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine by BioMed Central shows that caffeine is related to low birth weight and that the caffeine in coffee is related to the increase in the duration of pregnancy. This association means that it is not only the caffeine in coffee that increases the duration of pregnancy, but that there must be a substance in coffee that is responsible for the extension or that there is a behavior associated with coffee consumption that is not present in women who only drink tea (for example). To make the most out of your morning cup of coffee, enjoy it cold, in a smoothie or make your own pumpkin-spiced lattes with a couple of spoons of canned pumpkin, almond milk with hot vanilla and pumpkin pie spices (and less coffee).

Benjamín Arrand
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