When it comes to caffeine, is tea or pop better than coffee while I’m pregnant?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions

Woman with a cup of coffee
There’s not much difference, just the amount of caffeine in each drink. Look on the box or bottle or can to see how much is in there. It will give you an amount in milligrams.

The studies have shown that 200 milligrams a day is a safe amount of caffeine during pregnancy. Depending on how strong the coffee is, that’s about two cups of brewed coffee made at home.

Black tea has the most amount of caffeine of all the teas, generally 40 to 50 milligrams, depending on the temperature of the water and how long you steep it. Green tea is usually the lowest, about 25 to 30 milligrams of caffeine. With coffee and tea, even the decaf has a small amount – 5 milligrams or less. Herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, are naturally caffeine free.

Pop can vary quite a bit. A 20-ounce bottle of Diet Pepsi has 59 milligrams, while the same size Diet Coke has 76 milligrams. A Mountain Dew is more like a cup of coffee, with 95 milligrams. Most, but not all, root beer is naturally caffeine free.

So pick your favorite beverage, but keep track of how much caffeine you’re getting.

Melissa Kitzman, certified nurse-midwife
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington, Oxboro
Fairview Center for Women – Edina

To learn more:
Make an appointment with a midwife or OB doctor or book a tour at The Birthplace.

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