Cut the Caffeine

Anything that is consumed beyond limits can be potentially harmful for your body. The same golden rule applies for coffee too! Though there is no direct evidence, experts say that there’s reason enough to believe that too much caffeine can hamper a woman’s ability to conceive. Animal studies suggest that caffeine can prevent an egg from maturing properly. Since, the chances of a less mature egg getting fertilized are very slim, it may affect your chances of getting pregnant. Though these results don’t really apply to people, it might be wise to resist your coffee temptation and reduce your caffeine intake if you’re having trouble getting pregnant.

It’s Just Not Coffee That Contains Caffeine…

If you’ve resolved to cut back on your daily cuppa, you’re probably staying away from coffee, tea and the colas. But if you didn’t know, this culprit can pop up in the most unexpected places like chocolates, ice cream, herbal products and even over-the-counter drugs.

Coffee Amount Caffeine
Coffee generic, brewed 8 oz 95-200 mg
Coffee, generic instant 1 tsp granules 31 mg
Coffee, generic decaffeinated 8 oz 2 mg
Espresso, generic 1 oz (1 shot) 64 mg
Tea Amount Caffeine
Black tea, brewed 8 oz 47 mg
Green tea, brewed 8 oz 25 mg
Black tea, decaffeinated 8 oz 2 mg
Instant tea, unsweetened 1 tsp powder 26 mg
Soft drinks Amount Caffeine
Coke 12 oz 35 mg
Diet Coke 12 oz 47 mg
Pepsi 12 oz 38 mg
Diet Pepsi 12 oz 36 mg
Mountain Dew 12 oz 54 mg
7-Up 12 oz 0 mg
Sprite 12 oz 0 mg

Giving Up May Not Be That Easy

It you’re a hardcore coffee addict, giving it up all at one go may not be a good idea as you could have to deal with withdrawal symptoms like headache and fatigue. The ideal way to go about it is to gradually reduce your consumption. Another alternative is to prepare weaker brews. For instance, soaking your tea bag for one minute instead of five reduces the caffeine by as much as half. If you must have your cuppa, restrict it to just one cup a day!

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