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Health During Pregnancy

Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant

  • Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away
  • Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina
  • Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain
  • A feeling that the baby is pushing down
  • Contractions or change in the strength or number of them
  • An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge
  • Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache
  • Blurry vision or spots before your eyes
  • Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face
  • A significant change in your baby's movements

Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms!

Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre

Revised:Thursday May 11 2017

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Caffeine & pregnancy

How can caffeine affect us?

Caffeine is a stimulant that affects various systems in our bodies. Caffeine may:

  • Affect absorption of some nutrients
  • Temporarily increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure
  • Increase the length of time it takes to fall asleep, reducing your total sleeping time
  • Increase mental alertness
  • Cause withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, depression, restlessness, and fatigue, when you try to quit
  • Cause people to become irritable and nervous

Effects of caffeine during pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Caffeine may:

  • Pass to your baby through the placenta
  • During feeding be ingested by your baby through your breast milk and therefore keep your baby awake longer

What is a safe amount of caffeine during pregnancy?

Risks associated with caffeine intake during pregnancy are unknown. Therefore, pregnant women are recommended to limit caffeine consumption from all sources.

Sources of Caffeine*

Food/Beverage Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Coffee and coffee-based beverages
Coffee, brewed 250 mL / 1 cup 100
Coffee brewed, decaffeinated 250 mL / 1 cup 3
Coffee, instant 250 mL / 1 cup 66
Coffee, instant, decaffeinated 250 mL / 1 cup 3
Espresso, brewed 85 mL / ~1/3 cup 180
Coffee Latte, prepared with whole milk. 250 mL / 1 cup 163
Tea and tea-based beverages
Tea, brewed 250 mL / 1 cup 50
Tea, brewed, decaffeinated 250 mL / 1 cup 3
Soft Drinks and Energy Drinks
Cola, regular and diet. 1 can / 355 mL 33 - 43
Cola, decaffeinated 1 can / 355 mL 0
Energy Drinks 1 can / 250 - 473 mL 80 - 160
Chocolate bar 1 bar / 40 grams 27

* The caffeine content in foods can vary.
Source: Health Canada Nutrient Data File (2016)

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Revised: Thursday May 11 2017

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