Pregnant and confused about your beverage options? Don’t worry; you just need a good list of options to stick to, and you can enjoy your Starbucks without any fear whatsoever!
It is common knowledge that pregnant women need to be more careful about their drinks, particularly their caffeine intake. But as accurate as it is, it is often dramatized, leaving women with next to no beverages to enjoy! That being said, let’s tone down the strictness a bit and refer to facts, shall we?
According to medical professionals and experts worldwide, pregnant women can enjoy caffeinated drinks if their daily caffeine intake stays below 200 mg. Based on this fact, it is safe to say that there are plenty of Starbucks beverages you can enjoy without risking your baby’s health!
List Starbucks Pregnancy Drinks
Here is a list of all the Starbucks pregnancy drinks. Find out more about each drink below.
- Cafe Misto
- Hot Brewed Coffee
- Caffe Americano
- Iced Coffee (Regular and Cold Brew)
- Decaf and Half-Caf Coffee
- Chai Latte
- Hot Tea
- Iced Tea
- Almond Milk Honey Flat White
- Iced Coconut Milk
Drinks Pregnant Women Can Order at Starbucks
All the drinks in the following list have caffeine levels below 200 mg, making them safe to drink if you’re pregnant. Depending on your taste preferences, you can choose the drink you’d like to go for!
1. Caffe Misto
One of the best caffeine beverages at Starbucks, Caffe Misto, is made from half steamed milk and half brewed coffee. The venti size contains about 195 mg caffeine, keeping you well safe from the daily caffeine limit of 200 mg.
It is also a great choice if you want something to sip on while sitting in the park or taking a walk.
2. Hot Brewed Coffee
Typical coffee lovers don’t care how hot or cold it is outside. They’re addicted to hot brewed coffee, and it’s the only beverage that makes them function. Starbucks offers three different hot brewed coffee levels: light roast (Blonde), a medium roast (Pike Place), and Dark Roast.
Pregnant women can still enjoy hot brewed coffee if they opt for a small cup with less caffeine, about 180 mg.
Contrary to what most people believe, macchiatos are safe for pregnant women to enjoy. They, indeed, have caffeine, and they’re strong rich beverages.
However, even the venti size of macchiato has less than 200 mg of caffeine, so it’s safe for mothers to be. Just ensure that you stay away from Espresso Macchiato, as that might have more caffeine than you can afford.
Mochas are slightly different from macchiatos; they’re more appropriate for when you’re craving something sweet but also need that caffeine!
Mochas have sweet chocolate with espresso and steamed milk, while macchiatos have espresso, steamed milk, and foam. Macchiatos are much stronger, richer, and creamier compared to mochas.
Even the venti size of a mocha drink has less caffeine than 200 mg. Plus, these beverages come in various flavors for you to enjoy, all of which are safe for pregnant women.
Many women steer clear of cappuccinos when they’re pregnant because it is a common misconception that they’re “bad for the baby’s health.” Well, that’s just another myth, since even though cappuccinos have espresso brewed in them, they still have caffeine less than 200 mg.
If you get a grande cup of cappuccino with regular foam, steam, and 2% milk, it still only has 150 mg caffeine. The caffeine level remains the same even if you upgrade the cup and get a venti.
6. Caffe Americano
Americano is more of a watered-down, diluted version of an espresso. It gives you the same instant shot of caffeine but with hot water.
Just keep a close check on how many shots you get in the drink. The Starbucks grande cup has around 150 mg caffeine, keeping you safely below the 200 mg caffeine limit.
7. Iced Coffee (Regular and Cold Brew)
Some people are fond of iced coffees, regardless of the weather; it just has that chilling flavor, which is enjoyable on both hot summer days and freezing cold temperatures.
However, getting a grande cup of cold-brewed coffee hits your daily caffeine intake quite narrowly; it has precisely 200 mg caffeine. Regular iced coffee is far safer because even a grande cup has around 165 mg.
Pregnant mommies might want to steer clear of Nitro, though, since it has about 280 mg caffeine, way beyond the safe limit.
Are you a person who needs a quick caffeine fix to function? In that case, here’s good news: you can still have espresso when you’re pregnant!
Two espresso shots in a Starbucks doppio-sized beverage have only 150 mg caffeine, being well below your daily caffeine intake threshold.
Just make sure you stick to two shots and two shots only; going any higher will exceed the limit of 200 mg.
Frappuccinos are a crowd favorite, especially on warm summer days, when you need a boost of caffeine but a hot drink seems too overwhelming.
You can try these beverages in various flavors like peppermint white chocolate mocha, chestnut praline, and caramel Brulee. All the frappuccino flavors have caffeine levels below 200 mg, so they’re safe to drink.
But one venti size of this drink has about 16g of fat and more than 500 calories. So, if you’re trying to keep the fat and calories down, these will do some damage!
10. Decaf and Half-Caf Coffee
If you enjoy the flavor and hint of coffee in your beverages but don’t necessarily need it in large amounts, Starbucks has plenty of flavored decaf coffee drinks, so you can choose the one that suits your taste buds!
Decaf coffees usually have about 15 mg of caffeine. So they taste and smell like coffee, but they don’t have the caffeine levels of an actual coffee beverage. This way, you can still enjoy the drink but not worry about your health or your baby’s.
If you are a latte person, you will be happy to find out that you can have these beverages even when you are pregnant. Every latte available at Starbucks right now has less than 200 mg of caffeine, making them safe for expecting mothers.
For example, the Caramel Brulee Latte has about 150 mg of caffeine in the grande size, while the Blonde Vanilla Latte has 170 mg of caffeine in a grande cup. Other flavors include Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Eggnog Latte, and Cafe Latte, all of which are safe to consume.
12. Chai Latte
Consider a chai latte a simpler, warmer version of a latte drink. The venti size of Starbucks Chai Latte has only 120 mg caffeine and is very safe for pregnant ladies.
You can also have something else with the beverage or throughout the day since it leaves you quite a lot of room for more caffeine consumption.
13. Hot Tea
Did you know that many doctors and experts recommend pregnant mothers drink tea throughout the day instead of coffee? That’s right! Tea is a more refreshing and hydrating option.
Tea is even well known to help with some pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness and nausea. They can also improve digestion and uterus health during pregnancy. Plus, they only have small amounts of caffeine in them (about 40 to 80 mg).
14. Iced Tea
If you are an iced tea fan, Starbucks has pretty good options for you too. Flavors like peppermint and red raspberry leaves can help prepare the woman’s body for labor while being incredibly refreshing to drink.
Just steer clear of hibiscus and certain herbal teas as doctors and health professionals do not recommend them. As for the caffeine levels, even the caffeinated iced teas have no more than 100 mg caffeine in them, so they’re very safe to drink.
15. Almondmilk Honey Flat White
The flat white drink contains steamed milk (whole) and two shots of ristretto. The tallest drink size contains about 130 mg of caffeine, which is still safe and healthy for pregnant women.
In fact, you can also have something else with it, as it leaves you a good amount of daily allowance of caffeine.
16. Iced Coconut Milk
Iced coconut milk is an excellent replacement for coffee and is also available in several different delicious flavors, like golden ginger, pineapple matcha, and guava passion fruit.
What’s more, out of all these flavors, only pineapple matcha contains caffeine in the form of green tea. However, you can still drink the venti size.
So if you want to stay away from coffee altogether or don’t like it in the first place, this Starbucks drink is a great one to try.
Starbucks refreshers are a great option too!
They come in all the flavors one can think of, including pink drink, mango dragon fruit, kiwi star fruit, and whatnot. These drinks can be highly refreshing on warm summer days and totally worth those extra trips to the bathroom!
Remember to avoid anything and everything with hibiscus since it can be dangerous for pregnant females.
Whether you choose to stick to one of these drinks or experiment and try new beverages every day, there are plenty of options to go for.
Hence, the myth that women can no longer enter Starbucks if pregnant has been efficiently debunked and eradicated.
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