Guarana and Pregnancy

It is not currently known if guarana and pregnancy is a safe combination. Since pregnant women are generally advised to limit their caffeine intake, it may be best to avoid guarana products (which contain large amounts of caffeine). If you are taking guarana and pregnancy occurs, talk to your healthcare provider about the possible risks of consuming caffeine during pregnancy.

Guarana and Pregnancy: An Overview

Guarana is a plant found in the Amazon that contains a large amount of caffeine. Because of its caffeine content, it is often used in energy drinks and weight loss products. Since pregnant women are often advised to limit their caffeine intake, it may not be a good idea for them to consume guarana products, especially if they are already consuming other products that contain caffeine.

Is Guarana Safe During Pregnancy?

Caffeine during pregnancy is a controversial issue. Many women completely cut out caffeine during pregnancy, while others take a moderate approach, limiting their caffeine to a reasonable amount. Studies have also shown conflicting results (see Caffeine and Pregnancy). It is important to understand that the guarana berries contain more caffeine than coffee beans; therefore, guarana products can contain quite a bit of caffeine.
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about your caffeine intake. Depending on your healthcare provider's recommendations and your own level of concern, you may decide that it is best to avoid guarana during pregnancy.
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