How Much Caffeine is Safe During Pregnancy?

Traditionally doctors in America recommend that pregnant moms consume no more than 300 mg of caffeine a day and guidelines from doctors in Europe say no more than 200 mg.  What does this mean in practical purposes? There is typically 80 mg of caffeine in a cup of coffee so math tells us pregnant women should drink not much more than three cups of coffee a day. Most cola beverages contain 40 mg of caffeine but some sodas like Mountain Dew are closer to 60 mg. Energy shots, may contain over 200 mg of caffeine and there is no reason [...] read
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What should you do if you are pregnant and smoke?

There are many consequences to smoking during pregnancy, including: Reduced growth of your unborn baby (low birth weight), Premature delivery, read
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How much should I exercise during pregnancy?

How much you need to exercise during pregnancy depends on many factors, including: Your pre-pregnancy weight, the amount of time you are on your feet during the day, if you have diabetes or develop gestational diabetes, read
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Can you turn on your baby’s better genes during pregnancy?

We are all born with a full complement of genes, half from our father and half from our mother. Hundreds or thousands of these genes are responsible for activities like physical growth, intellectual development and the emotional characteristics that define us as individuals. read
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Is Stevia a ‘FDA approved’ sweetener?

FDA has not permitted the use of whole-leaf Stevia or crude Stevia extracts because these substances have not been approved for use as a food additive. FDA does not consider their use in food to be GRAS in light of reports in the literature that raise concerns about the use of these substances. read
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Mark Gostine, MD

has been a physician for more than 30 years. He is a proud father of four and a grandfather of two... read more