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Pregnancy | Nutrition | Attention! (Risk)

Pregnant women should drink a lot. But what?

First things first: under no circumstances should pregnant women drink unpasteurized milk (raw milk), which could contain listeriosis pathogens and which could be harmful to the unborn child. Alcohol is also one of the drinks on the blacklist.

But expecting mothers should also avoid some other drinks - or at least limit their consumption.


Contained in coffee, tea, chocolate or cocoa and some carbonated beverages such as Cola or Red Bull. Caffeine has a stimulating effect, constricts the blood vessels, thus reducing the oxygen supply to the placenta, impairing the child's growth and thus leading to a lower birth weight. Caffeine itself quickly crosses the placental barrier to the unborn child, where it can also trigger a faster heartbeat and increased activity. It takes the fetus 20 times as long to break down the caffeine in its small body because it lacks an important liver enzyme. In addition, caffeine inhibits the absorption of iron from food and increases the excretion of calcium.

Caffeine content
  • a cup of coffee (125ml): 100 mg
  • one cup of black tea (125 ml): 50 mg
  • a cup of espresso (50 ml): 50 mg
  • from a glass of cola (200 ml): 30-70 mg
  • One can of energy drink (250 ml): 80 mg

Therefore, you should limit your coffee or black tea consumption during pregnancy. The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) allows expectant and breastfeeding mothers to drink up to 200 milligrams of caffeine daily throughout the day without endangering the child. The German Nutrition Society (DGE) is not quite as strict: it keeps up to a maximum of 300 milligrams of caffeine safe for mother and child during pregnancy, which corresponds to about three cups a day. The result of a Swedish study that the miscarriage rate is twice as high with more than four cups of coffee a day was refuted in a large American study. What is clear, however, is an increase in stillbirths if the expectant mother drinks more than eight cups of coffee a day.

If you're struggling to go without coffee or cola, try the decaffeinated varieties. Pay attention to the term "naturally decaffeinated coffee". This must have been processed with the solvent ethyl acetate, which, in contrast to the potentially carcinogenic dichloromethane, is actually natural because it is also obtained from fruit and vegetables. The so-called "barley malt coffees" or "acorn coffees" are an alternative, e.g. Incarom Cereal or Cafino Cereal. Another tip is to switch to coffee with milk during pregnancy: You only consume half as much coffee and increase the daily amount of milk!

Coffee: Yes - but no more than four cups a day!

Frequent question on the subject

Caffeine is contained in drinks such as coffee, black tea and cola and even in chocolate and has a stimulating effect on the central nervous system, on the heart, circulation and breathing. Energy drinks contain even more caffeine than coffee. Sometimes there are other ingredients ...

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Tea / tannin

Black, white and green tea is just as stimulating and constricting as coffee, but contains only half as much caffeine (formerly known as teein), but the more the longer you let it steep. On the other hand, the abundant tannin, like caffeine, inhibits the use of iron in the body. And: The tannins can promote constipation, which is often a problem during pregnancy anyway. Therefore, it is better to stick to herbal and fruit teas. You will be amazed at how many delicious varieties there are in specialized tea shops and drug stores! Another good alternative is the South African roibos tea.

You can also buy special tea blends for pregnant women in pharmacies, health food stores and drug stores. In the last few months, however, care should be taken to avoid herbs and spices (cardamom, ginger, cloves and others) that promote labor. Also be careful with raspberry leaf tea in late pregnancy; it can induce labor in the uterus ready for delivery.

Sugar / sweeteners

Avoid sugary drinks as they are low in nutritional value. Diet drinks with artificial sweeteners (e.g. acesulfame, aspartame, cyclamate, neohesperidin DC, saccharine and thaumatin) are not a problem during pregnancy. Diet drinks with sugar substitutes (e.g. sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, isomalt and lactitol) can have a slight laxative effect. A harmful effect on the unborn child has not yet been proven, neither with sweeteners nor with sugar substitutes.

Frequently asked questions on the topic

In normal household quantities, sweeteners are generally harmless even during pregnancy. They belong to the category of food additives and must therefore be tested for their harmlessness to health before they are used. Due to its high sweetness and simultaneous ...

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Cravings - especially the appetite for sweets - are a normal side effect of pregnancy. Such candy attacks usually do no harm to your baby or yourself ... except for the unnecessary pouches that you might attach to yourself with them! A little bit of pleasure is also required in ...

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Quinine is a flavoring agent in tonic and bitter lemon drinks; it was and is partly still used in malaria therapy and for nightly calf cramps. One or two glasses of a quinine soft drink are also allowed during pregnancy, but more should not be consumed because of the labor-inducing effect and a certain addictive potential (newborns with withdrawal symptoms have been described).


High proof alcoholic drinks should generally be taboo for pregnant women. Switch to mineral water, fruit juice or lemonade!

Frequently asked questions on the topic

You can treat yourself to that! There is nothing wrong with an occasional non-alcoholic beer.

But beware! Many "non-alcoholic" beers are only alcohol-reduced. In Germany, for example, any beer with an alcohol content of less than 0.5 percent can be called non-alcoholic. Pay attention to the information on ...

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There is no amount of alcohol that is completely harmless during pregnancy. But there is also no clear evidence that the occasional consumption of small amounts of alcohol will harm your baby during pregnancy.

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Virtual caffeine kick | 06.08.2019

Before the first cup of coffee, many of them are not really approachable in the morning. But the scent of the freshly brewed energy supplier already makes the brain really jump. Scientists from Canada and Australia have now found that regular coffee consumers stimulate appropriate sensory stimuli, even if they do not consume caffeine at all. Just walking past our favorite café, the smell of coffee grounds and the sound of a gurgling coffee machine or a coffee advertisement can trigger the chemical receptors in our bodies to such an extent that we feel stimulated and focused. Which also explains why even decaffeinated coffee can lead to faster response times when solving tasks.

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Coffee prolongs pregnancy: Not much, but at least: Consuming 100mg of caffeine / day (in the form of coffee, chocolate, caffeinated lemonades, etc.) increases the duration of pregnancy by an average of five hours. If the caffeine was only consumed as coffee, the pregnancy was even extended by eight hours. The researchers suspect that there are substances in coffee that delay birth and are not found in other sources of caffeine. For example, melanoidins (formed during roasting) have antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. swissmom news ticker, 10.6.13.

Last update: 26-04-21, BH