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18 Oct 2006

Red Bull
Hi Doc
Please can you tell me if its ok for me to drink Red Bull when i feel a bit tired / sluggish ? Im 13 weeks pregnant. Are there other alternatives if Red bull is not ok? Can I use eno , im craving to just suck on some of it ? Will this be bad for the baby ?

Please Help
Can barely write this im so tired.
thanks in adance
Prey
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Preylene
No please don't take Red Bull - it has very high caffeine levels.
Guidelines issued by the Food Standards Agency recommend that women have no more than 300mg of caffeine a day while pregnant. This is equivalent to three mugs of instant coffee or six cups of tea or eight cans of cola per day. More that 300mg of caffeine per day could be related to a higher risk of low birthweight, miscarriage and birth defects, such as cleft palate. It should be avoided at least in the first 3 months.
Ask you doctor to check your blood for anemia and remember that the higher progesterone levels during pregnancy makes one feel very tired and sleepy, especially in the beginning and that it could be normal.
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