There is a long list of precautions that every pregnant woman should be aware of as they start their nine-month life-changing journey to motherhood. More often than not, it's said that pregnant women should avoid caffeine throughout their pregnancy. Lucky for them. that isn't necessary.
This doesn't mean pregnant women should start pounding cups of coffee all day. Doctors recommend that pregnant women stay within 150-200mg of caffeine a day. That range is about the equivalent to a cup and half of coffee.
Technically this means that pregnant women can consume energy drinks, but there some extra precautions when choosing an energy drink as some use harmful synthetically made caffeine.
Where is caffeine sourced from? (natural vs. synthetic)
One of the lesser-known facts about caffeine is that there are many sources of caffeine. Some of the sources are natural, plant-based caffeine while others are synthetically produced.
Synthetically produced caffeine from Chinese pharmaceutical plants is the most popular caffeine source in soft drinks and energy drinks. Synthetic caffeine is quickly absorbed into your body, giving you the energy you crave faster than that of a naturally sourced caffeine. However, synthetic caffeine will lead to a much quicker crash.
There are around 60 types of plants that naturally produce caffeine. Drinks like coffee and tea are caffeinated beverages that source their caffeine from plants. Not only does naturally occurring caffeine provide longer sustained energy, but it also has its own exclusive antioxidant benefits which can help prevent heart disease and Alzheimer's. Naturally sourced doesn't provide the side effects like nervousness, insomnia, and flushed face as much as synthetic caffeine.
The caffeine found in Green Tea sticks to the antioxidants in the tea. This causes the caffeine to be absorbed slower by your body. As a result, you will not get the immediate caffeine rush you would with synthetic caffeine. Instead, your caffeine will slowly release over time, giving you more sustained energy.
Caffeine is also known to give people the shakes or jitters. With Green Tea caffeine, that is absent due to one of the antioxidants called L-Theanine, which is an antagonist to caffeine.
Is there an energy drink pregnant women can drink?
Yes! Here at Kill Cliff, we love a good energy drink, but we're aware of the possible dangers of the many unnatural ingredients that many popular energy drinks contain. We wanted an energy drink with a strong caffeine buzz coming from a natural source, with no artificial sweeteners... so we made one. All
Kill Cliff IGNITE is a sugar-free, naturally sweetened energy drink that delivers the jolt you crave with 150 mg of naturally-sourced Green Tea caffeine (about a cup and a half of coffee). We have the perfect amount of caffeine that will give you an energy boost while staying within the recommended range for pregnant women. With Green Tea caffeine being our source of caffeine, you won't have to worry about where your caffeine is coming from or if it's dangerous.
Additionally, Kill Cliff IGNITE includes only FDA-regulated ingredients in its specialized blend of B-vitamins and electrolytes. It provides you with 10% of your daily values of magnesium and potassium, which helps regulate hydration and blood flow.