“No coffee when you’re pregnant! Your baby will have dark skin.”
How many times have you heard this pregnancy advice from your friends and relatives?
If you love coffee, you’d be glad to know that remains a myth, says Dr Yeong Cheng Toh, a consultant gynaecologist and reproduction endocrinologist.
Skin colour is influenced by the melanin pigment, which is determined genetically and not by the food you eat.
That said, watch your caffeine intake. Drinking too much coffee and tea can increase the risk of miscarriage, says Dr Yeong.
So, how much can you take?
Take no more than 200mg per day, adds obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Lim May Li.
That’s two mugs of instant coffee (100mg each) or tea (75mg each), or one mug of filter coffee (about 140mg).