How Much Caffeine Is In Starbucks Drinks, and Are They Safe To Drink While Pregnant?
It's a cruel twist of fate: during those first few weeks of pregnancy, your energy can take a serious nosedive — right as you're supposed to be limiting your caffeine intake. Luckily for all those java enthusiasts and exhausted parents-to-be, consuming caffeine while pregnant isn't completely off limits. But if you're wondering how much caffeine you can have while pregnant, there is a recommended daily intake to keep in mind: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests you consume less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day while pregnant. (And yes, decaf does, unfortunately, include a few milligrams.) That said, you should absolutely check in with your doctor about the safe limit for you, based on your personal health history and pregnancy. But the bottom line is, you may not have to, say, forgo your usual Starbucks stop the entire time you've got a bun in the oven. In fact, when you look at the caffeine in Starbucks's drinks, it's clear that there are plenty of options you can sip on that will still have you safely beneath that 200 milligram limit.
Check out our handy guide ahead to find out how much caffeine is in Starbucks drinks. (We sourced our information from the Starbucks site or, for bottled drinks, the PepsiCo Beverage Facts site.) But one other thing worth noting: caffeine isn't exclusive to coffee alone. It's also found in things like chocolate, tea, and soft drinks, so consume wisely and monitor how much coffee you drink alongside any other caffeine-filled foods. And again, if you're ever in any doubt, be sure to ask your doctor any questions you have about your caffeine intake during pregnancy.
— Additional reporting by Melissa Santoyo