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Still, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says it’s safe to drink up to 200 milligrams, the amount in 12 ounces of coffee, per day during pregnancy.
Since so many other habits—like exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid—play a role in the baby’s health, it’s impossible to blame every outcome on caffeine alone, she says.
Just watch all caffeine sources, notes study author Eleni Papadopoulou, Ph.D., researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, Norway. Coffee, tea, dark chocolate, and certain protein bars can push you closer to the upper limits.