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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF CONSUMING, ARE CONSUMING, OR HAVE CONSUMED CAFFEINE DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a type of drug known as a methylxanthine. Occurring naturally in coffee beans, tea, and other plant products, caffeine acts as a stimulant in the central nervous system. People consume caffeine to increase alertness, reduce sleepiness, and improve concentration. Usually, people take caffeine as part of caffeinated beverages, although the drug is also available in the form of a pill, or powder - the powder form is extremely dangerous. Some caffeinated sodas can be quite high in caffeine, so find out the dosage and make sure to include all caffeine sources when you add up your daily dosage. Since most adults drink caffeinated beverages daily, women are commonly exposed to this drug throughout pregnancy and while they are breastfeeding. Caffeine is not a regulated drug, meaning that it does not require a prescription nor are there restrictions on purchasing it in most countries.


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