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Caffeine, Drugs and Alcohol

Too much caffeine may result in a baby being born underweight. While planning a pregnancy and during pregnancy, limit your caffeine intake to 300 mg (about 1 1/2 cups of coffee) a day. Cut back on all sources of caffeine: coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate. To find out how much caffeine these beverages and foods contain, check out Caffeine in Foods and Drinks.

Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may make it harder for pregnancy to happen or may cause problems during pregnancy. Find out if the drugs you are taking can be continued during pregnancy. You may need to change the dosage, stop using the drug, or change to a different drug before planning a pregnancy.

It is safer to stop drinking alcohol and using drugs not prescribed by your health care provider, before planning a pregnancy. Alcohol can affect a man’s sperm. No known amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading cause of brain damage in children. Use of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine, can lead to birth defects and learning disabilities. Learn more about the Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy , Breastfeeding and Parenting from Best Start Ontario

  • If you have questions about the amount of alcohol or drugs you take call Motherisk at 1-877-327-4636.
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Updated Sep 22, 2017