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can i have any amount of caffeine while i am pregnant? also what can and can't i eat? i have hypothroid dieses and have my first appointment on tuesday. i work as a server and have been experiencing nausea, without vaumitting. also i was wondering if i sh

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Dr. Daniel Weiss
Endocrinology 46 years experience
Your : Your thyroid levels should be rechecked in the next few weeks since you may need an increase in dosage of thyroid hormone. Caffeine is safe in moderation in pregnancy. No more than about 300 milligrams a day is advised but there is no proof of it being harmful at higher dose. So if you play it safe, this means no more than about 2 cups of coffee daily. Lifting should not be a problem unless your OB doc advises otherwise. Eat a balanced diet and stay away from alcohol, tobacco products and other medication unless approved by your doctor. You should also be on a prenatal vitamin to get enough Folic Acid and iron. Congratulations!
Dr. Shannon Heitritter
Endocrinology 21 years experience
Congratulations : Congratulations on your pregnancy! would recommend that you ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels at your upcoming visit. Many women require a significant increase in their thyroid hormone replacement regimen in early pregnancy. It's really important to ensure that your thyroid levels are ideal throughout pregnancy both for your health and the health of the baby! to be on the safe side, it's probably a good idea to limit your caffeine to less than 200 mg per day (and would discuss with your OB at your visit as well). Also, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Best wishes!

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