Most women are concerned about the influence of what they eat and drink during pregnancy, on their baby. Fresh fish is a popular food to avoid when you are pregnant, and there are those who warn against “caffeine”.
Many refrain from drinks such as coffee and tea which contain a lot of caffeine. However, in the case of a person whose coffee is part of her routine, even if you know that avoiding it is for your baby’s sake, it is hard to stop drinking.
However, it is said that it’s okay to drink coffee during pregnancy depending on how much you drink and how you drink it. Therefore, we will introduce three points for enjoying coffee during pregnancy.
Why is it said that coffee is bad for pregnant women?
It is said that caffeine contained in coffee or tea may have a bad influence on the fetus. Upon ingestion of caffeine, it reaches the fetus through the placenta, but since the function of decomposing caffeine is undeveloped in the fetus, caffeine will accumulate. As a result, there is a fear that it may lead to abortion, premature birth, developmental disorders, etc.
Although coffee is looked upon as an equivalent to ‘poison’ to pregnant women, in reality the influence of caffeine is still under study and many things are still unclear. There is also a theory that there is no problem to drink 2 cups a day (about 150 ml per cup), and there are opinions that it is better to enjoy it moderately than to get stressed over trying to avoid it.
However, if the effects of caffeine are ambiguous, you would still like to be careful about how to drink it. If you do feel like you want to drink coffee, try the tips below.
How to drink safely
Recently, cafes are including more decaffeinated drinks in their menu. However, in the process of extracting caffeine from raw beans, it is inevitable that the scent of coffee will also weaken.
So we tried three ways to enjoy coffee while controlling caffeine.
Remove ‘Extract Coffee’
Extract coffee is the first dense few droplets that comes out when extracting coffee. These first few drops contain 5 times more caffeine than regular coffee.
According to “Coffee Lecture ” written by Hirose Yukio, Hoshida Koji (Human Science Co., 2003), the first 0.48 cc of a cup of coffee (12 g), is an extract coffee.
In other words, just by avoiding the first few droplets, you can reduce the amount of caffeine that you will ingest.
Mind the extraction method
To make delicious coffee, a slow, steady flow of hot water is the key. However, in order to reduce caffeine, the steaming time must be cut short, increase the amount of hot water and pour it in much faster.
In addition, the coffee filter can be used to control caffeine as well by using Nell (cloth) filter instead of gold plating filter, or paper filter to extract caffeine.
When choosing coffee beans
If you grind beans, the coarser it is, the lower the content of caffeine. “Coarse ground” has the least caffeine.
In addition, since caffeine volatilizes by roasting, choose “deep roasted” beans. There is a unique taste in the bitterness of roasted coffee, but it is ok because the bitterness is born by roasting.
There are many things that you have to put up with and because you are pregnant it is easy to accumulate stress. While you may feel uneasy about the influence of caffeine on your pregnant body, if will not do if you do not allow yourself to drink coffee of any of your favorite items at all.
However, depending on the ingenuity, you can still enjoy your coffee while keeping the amount of caffeine in control. Please take in the three points introduced in this article and try refreshing safely with coffee.