I don’t know about you but when I was pregnant I found the advice about drinking caffeine and coffee really confusing. The British Coffee Association provides consumers, healthcare professionals and the media with latest, accurate and balanced information about coffee drinking and its effects on health and wellbeing. Their website contains lots of videos covering topics such as hydration, heart health and how a regular coffee break can help to take the stress out of a typical day.
Many mums will have cut down or stopped drinking coffee altogether during pregnancy. The BCA supports the current national advice from experts such as the Food Standards Agency, The Centre for Pregnancy Nutrition and the Royal College of Midwives that a safe level of consumption of coffee during pregnancy or while breast-feeding is 2-3 cups per day. However many mums will be pleased to know that post-pregnancy and for those who are not breast feeding, 4-5 cups of coffee is safe and can form part of a balanced diet.
Moreover there are a number of health benefits that are likely to be welcomed by many mums (and dads) – including those looking for an energy boost and those wanting to stay hydrated throughout the day.
- If you’re pregnant then it is recommended that you limit your intake of caffeine to no more than 200mg per day from all sources which includes tea, coffee, cola and chocolate – equating to 2-3 cups of coffee a day.
- Many mums are in a hurry to get back into their favourite pre-pregnancy jeans. A mug of black coffee contains only 4 calories and 0.1g fat.
- The arrival of a new family member, whilst joyous on many levels, is often a huge drain on energy. Research has shown that caffeine, the main ingredient of coffee, is a mild stimulant and can therefore improve alertness levels and increase both mental and physical performance.
- Broken nights, feeding concerns, unfamiliar experiences and responsibilities? Stress often makes an appearance in even the most laid back of new families. One in five people wrongly believe that coffee increases stress levels. In fact there is little evidence to suggest that moderate coffee consumption is linked with an increase in stress or anxiety.