What is safe during pregnancy?

And now, another informational resource for the preggers among us. The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (let’s call them OTIS, and as if either of these titles have given you any clue as to what they do) has a wealth of information for us to, as they say “raise mom’s awareness and reduce baby’s risk.” And here’s your factoid for the day: Teratology is the study of birth defects caused by exposures during pregnancy.

So how can OTIS help you? Have you been wanting to get to the bottom of the caffeine confusion for pregnant women? Can you remember which over the counter drugs are safe during pregnancy or for lactation? What about a disease that you’ve been exposed to while pregnant? You can read factsheets written in layman’s terms on OTIS’ comprehensive website. Their factsheets cover medications, herbal remedies, infections and vaccines, medical conditions in the mother, illicit substances and common exposures, such as alcohol, caffeine, hair products, etc. Overall, I’m impressed and love this resource.

To answer one of my hypotheticals above, see this blog post on caffeine consumption. “ACOG concluded that moderate caffeine intake, no more than 200mg of caffeine per day, during pregnancy does not seem to be a factor in increasing a women’s risk for having a miscarriage or a preterm delivery.”

And how much is 200 mg? Here are your common caffeine amounts per the USDA:

Dark Chocolate 1.45 oz = 30mg
Milk Chocolate 1.55 oz = 11mg
Coffee 8oz = 137mg
Tea 8oz = 48mg
Soda 12oz = 37mg
Hot Cocoa 12oz = 8-12mg

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