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Lifestyle : All About Babies and Toddlers Special Report
1HERSA1 W001 Caring for Mums and babies for over 100yrs... San Maternity SYDNEY ADVENTIST HOSPITAL Visit www.sah.org.au for more information, to search for an Obstetrician or to visit our 'San Babies Online Nursery' For tours and bookings phone (02) 9487 9902. Discover what we have to offer on one of our guided Maternity tours 185 Fox Valley Road Wahroonga NSW 2076 Outstanding care with leading Obstetricians, expert Midwifery and Support Staff Facilities feature Spa Delivery Suites, private rooms with ensuites, internet, flatscreen TVs, FOXTEL, Maternity education channel & more Extensive pre & post natal education program, including fitness, baby care and breast feeding classes Well Baby Nursery and Level 2 Special Care Nursery Supportive Lactation Consultants provide inpatient & outpatient service Our NEW Maternity Unit will open in 2014 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD BABIES & TODDLERS One espresso a day quite OK Pregnant? Start counting here A guide to how much caffeine some common products contain: Short black (single shot espresso) -- about 110mg per commercial-style serving Percolated coffee -- from 60-120mg per 250ml cup Instant coffee (one teaspoon) -- 60-80mg per 250ml Tea--10-50mgper 250 ml (like coffee it can vary depending on type and how long it's brewed) Cola -- almost 49mg per 375ml can Milk chocolate -- 20mg per 100g bar Dark chocolate -- 70mg per 100g bar Hot chocolate -- 10mg per 250ml Energy drinks -- 80mg per 250ml (not recommended during pregnancy) Gabrielle Brewer: coffee a treat during pregnancy. Photo: Brianne Makin Tanya Ryan-Segger writes that moderation is key. Editorial feature produced for The Sun-Herald by Clemson Text & Design. Advertising: Nicole Stagg, 02 8596 4154, email@example.com. Readerlink: 9282 1569, firstname.lastname@example.org. The national health guidelines are clear -- alcohol is best avoided when pregnant. But what about caffeine? In welcome news for many women who love coffee, tea, cola and chocolate, Pip Golley, spokesperson for the Dieti- tians Association of Australia, says there is no conclusive evidence that low to medium consumption of caffeine can harm an unborn baby. "The evidence both here and in the USpointstothefactthat. . .oneortwo espressos a day during pregnancy is safe," Golley says. NSW Health advises that pregnant and breastfeeding women should limit caffeine intake to 200mg a day; equi- valent to four mid-strength teas, one or two espressos or four cans of cola. But high levels of caffeine consump- tion -- defined as more than 800mg a day -- have been linked to a host of undesirable outcomes including mis- carriage and premature births. Although such claims need further investigation, they make confronting reading. Gabrielle Brewer, mother to Oscar, 2, and Sophia, 1, says she was aware that consuming too much caffeine might not be good for a developing baby, but the possible threat should be put into perspective. ''I weighed things up during both my pregnancies and it seemed that the risks -- in my personal situation -- weren't that great," she says. As a lover of dark chocolate, Brewer limited the indulgence to no more than a piece or two every other day. And after an espresso-style coffee each morning, the 36-year-old curbed the desire for a second cup later in the day by drinking herbal tea instead. But giving up caffeine cold turkey during pregnancy was not an option for the public relations consultant. "I stuck to a no alcohol policy as a general rule throughout my pregnan- cies so coffee really was my one big indulgence," she says. Golley agrees with her approach: "I think saying to pregnant women that . . . they don't have to go without their one or two coffees a day and low-to- medium levels of caffeine consumption is safe is a positive health message.''
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