Ok, so we know that when you’re pregnant you should curb your caffeine consumption for the sake of your tiny growing baby.

What you may not know is that your caffeine intake may be reducing your chances of falling pregnant in the first place.

A recent study showed that women who drink in excess of one cup of coffee per day are only half as likely to conceive as those who drink one cup or less per day.

Women who drank more than 2-3 cups per day were nearly 5 times less likely to conceive compared to those who drink no coffee at all and chances of conception continue to decrease as caffeine consumption increases.

Why does coffee have such an impact?

Caffeine intake can affect healthy ovulation and the function of the corpus luteum, both of which are critical for conception and the progression of a healthy pregnancy.



Increased caffeine consumption also increases this risk of early miscarriage.  Women consuming more than 200mg of caffeine per day (about 2 cups of coffee) have double the risk of miscarriage compared to those consuming no caffeine.

Current recommendations suggest that women trying to conceive limit their caffeine intake to 100 – 200mg per day, which equates to 1 – 2 cups of regular coffee or 2 – 4 cups of regular black tea per day.

It’s also important to keep in mind that green tea, chocolate, hot chocolate and some soft drinks as well the array of new ‘energy’ drinks also contain caffeine, which can add up over the day.  However in a study of patients undergoing IVF, women who consumed even modest amounts of caffeine (50mg per day) had decreased live birth rates.

So although the exact ‘safe’ intake is highly debatable, we do known that limiting or better still, eliminating caffeine from your diet positively affects your fertility and the progression of a healthy pregnancy.

Did you cut down on caffeine from your diet when you were trying to conceive? Please SHARE below.

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  • When I first fell pregnant, I suffered morning sickness and one of the worst causes was coffee. Just the smell of it made me vomit. And I continued this way for years, I still hardly drink coffee

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  • I was lucky and had no trouble conceiving so it wasn’t something I actually ever thought about.

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  • curb your caffeine

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  • I drank coffee and everything was fine i even drank coffee whilst pregnant to the recommendation of how much caffeine is ok in a day. But what about tea? Tea has antioxidants yet it also has caffeine ??

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  • trying for pregnancy

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  • good luck to all you mums that are trying to conceive xx

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  • I’m not a coffee/tea drinker, except for herbal teas anyway. Coffee never worked at perking me up so I don’t bother with it anymore.

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  • pregnant women shluld not drink alcahol and a not a lot of caffeine

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  • I am a coffee and tea drinker and I had shocking morning sickness with baby one every time I smelled coffee (couldn’t even carry someone else’s cup). Steered clear of all caffeine whilst pregnant and breastfeeding for all four kids. I didn’t specifically mean to cut back to conceive each time, but I did curb habits to swapping a few cups a week for extra water instead. Thanks for sharing the article.


    • yeah i loved this certain food and then even smelling someone eat it, made me throw up

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  • i am not a big coffee drinker anyway but i would never thought that this would affect anything lol.

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  • Interesting.

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  • Wow, how interesting.. I didn’t cut down on caffeine during pregnancy, I didn’t think it made a difference.

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  • Never drank it before in my life

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  • I am not a coffee lover or drinker but I DO LOVE MY TEA.

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