How can I tell how much caffeine I’m having during my pregnancy?

Guidelines put a limit on how much caffeine you should have when you're pregnant. Here's how to make sure you're not having too much...

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Love a latte? Crave a cappuccino? We all love a mid-morning pick-me-up, but it’s worth keeping an eye on how much coffee you drink in light of new research that advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to 200mg per day – previously it was 300mg.

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Too much caffeine is thought to be linked to low birth weights, so bear in mind it’s also found in tea and cola, and even some chocolate – as well as coffee.

And now charity Tommy’s – who fund research into stillbirths, miscarriage and premature birth – have produced a handy calculator to help you make sure you’re sticking to the 200mg limit.

Just for info, here’s how much caffeine various drinks (and chocolate) contain (approximately):

  • Can of cola: 40mg of caffeine
  • Mug of tea: 75mg
  • Bar of plain chocolate: 50mg
  • Cup of instant coffee: 100mg
  • Mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • Energy drinks: a 250ml can: 80mg

Keep in mind that these are just guidelines, and as long as you don’t go over the limit repeatedly, the risks are very small – so don’t panic!

Use Tommy’s caffeine calculator

See how much caffeine you’re having by clicking on the image of the calculator below, and filling in the relevant fields….


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