That Cuppa Joe Might Be The Problem

Do you wake up in the morning and put the coffee pot on while in autopilot? Do you need a can of Coke in the afternoon to keep yourself awake? Did you know that caffeine, regardless of the source, can be a barrier to conception? By kicking caffeine, you may increase your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby.

Research Suggests Too Much Caffeine A Hindrance

Studies seem to be unclear when it comes to the relationship between fertility and caffeine. However, it does interfere with the implantation process of the egg in the uterus. When you mix caffeine with alcohol or cigarettes, fertility drops. There is enough evidence accumulated to support the idea that caffeine interferes with conception and the March of Dimes has made some recommendations as well. Their research suggests that women who want to conceive should not consume more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day. A more recent study shows that women who do drink more than the recommended amount increase their risk of miscarriage two-fold. The source of the caffeine is immaterial.

Caffeine Is In More Places Than You Think

Caffeine is in a number of unsuspected places. Of course, coffee, tea and caffeinated beverages like colas and energy drinks are obvious sources of caffeine. However, you will find caffeine in chocolate, coffee-flavored yogurt or ice cream and chocolate syrup. The amount of caffeine in coffee and tea is dependent upon the roasting or drying techniques and the type of beans or leaves used. It would appear prudent to cut back on caffeine intake from all sources rather than just targeting one place. Quitting caffeine can be difficult, so if you feel you just cannot stop entirely, try cutting back to only one cup of caffeine a day.

Medications Are Included In The Count

Caffeine is not restricted to food items and drinks. Certain medications, especially cold remedies that address congestion, pain relievers, and "wake up" pills all contain caffeine. There is a law, which demands the contents of over-the-counter medications be disclosed on the label, so the amount of caffeine or stimulants should be available to see. Whether a woman is already pregnant or trying to conceive, reading the labels is important. It is also important to discuss taking any medications with your health care provider, especially those containing caffeine.

Fertility issues are rampant and many women who want to conceive have difficulty doing so. When there are things you can do to help your own situation, things you have control over, then it is worth it to do what you can. Such is the case with caffeine and fertility. We all know that too much caffeine is not good for anybody. If you have thoughts of storks flying over your house, perhaps a reduction in the amount of caffeine you ingest will bring him sooner.