CAFFEINE AND PREGNANCY: Is Caffeine Safe To Use When You Are Trying To Conceive Or Pregnant?

Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD, board certified OBGYN and REI, discusses caffeine and coffee use when trying to conceive or pregnant. Can you really drink coffee when TTC?

Questions answered:
Is caffeine bad for you?
Is it safe to drink coffee if you are pregnant?
Does caffeine cause miscarriage?
Is there a safe amount of caffeine or coffee you can drink?
How much caffeine is in coffee?
Does caffeine cause preterm birth or intrauterine growth restriction?
Does caffeine cause infertility?
Do you need to stop drinking coffee if you are trying to get pregnant?

*this is educational information only, not directed medical advice. Please ask any direct medical questions to your doctor.

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Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD is a double board certified OBGYN and REI, and co-founder of Fora Fertility, a boutique fertility practice in Austin, Texas.

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