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Can I still have coffee when I’m pregnant?

Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling, a midwife for over 25 years, is the Director of Midwifery Studies at UTS. She believes research, innovation and good quality midwifery are pivotal to the well-being of mothers and young families. Christine has extensive experience in antenatal education, policy development and research, and has published on workforce issues, homebirth, vaginal birth...
Created on Oct 19, 2023 · 2 mins read

It can sometimes feel like there’s so much you can’t do during pregnancy, eat soft cheese, drink champagne etc etc… But what about your beloved tea or coffee? Do they also have to go into the no-go zone?

The good news is no, you can still enjoy a cuppa, but there are some things you should know.

The general recommendation is that you can safely consume up to 200mg of caffeine a day, but what does that mean exactly and how do you know how much you’re consuming?

According to the government’s health direct website:

  • 1 cup of instant coffee: 60 – 80mg
  • 1 cup of filter coffee: 60 – 120mg
  • 1 cup of tea: 10 – 50mg
  • 1 375g can of cola: 48.75mg
  • 1 100g bar of milk chocolate: around 20mg


Caffeine levels in espresso coffees (so think flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos) as well as coffee capsules, can vary largely between brands and cafes so if unsure ask for a weak one or limit these to one per day.

While it is safe to continue enjoying your daily coffee, you also need to be aware of how much caffeine you are consuming elsewhere – eg in soft drinks and chocolate – as it can easily add up.

Energy drinks are not recommended during pregnancy as they often contain high levels of caffeine as well as other chemicals that should be avoided when you’re expecting.

Too much caffeine has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight in babies, so if you are worried or unsure always speak with your doctor.

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