I was thrilled when I learned that caffeine wasn't completely off the table during my pregnancy, and I would still be able to enjoy the occasional Starbucks drink. 

I started doing my research and was thrilled to find that there are plenty of Starbucks drinks for pregnant women!

In this guide, I'll discuss the top coffee drinks (and non-coffee drinks), what to consider when you're ordering your drinks in coffee shops, answer FAQs, and more!

1. Hot Tea

Starbucks Emperor's Clouds and Mist Tea

It makes sense to turn to tea during pregnancy, especially if you're trying to reduce caffeine significantly.  

Not only do hot teas contain less caffeine, but they're also warm, soothing, and go great with a little bit of honey. 

The hot teas at Starbucks also contain minimal calories, so I can turn to a plethora of flavors and still focus the majority of my calories and nutrition on my growing baby.

When I am seeking a bit of caffeine, I order the green tea based Honey Citrus Mint Tea.

The combination of green tea and Mint Majesty contain just 16 mg of caffeine, and the sweetness of the lemonade really helps my morning sickness. 

The Best Starbucks Hot Tea For Pregnant Women
  • Great news: All of the official menu hot teas at Starbucks fall within the limits of caffeine appropriate during pregnancy (Grande size). 
  • I recommend Mint Majesty. It's soothing peppermint will promote relaxation, and it doesn't have any caffeine or sugar. 

2. Iced Tea

Starbucks Iced Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Just like their hot teas, Starbucks iced teas also fall within the caffeine limitations for pregnancy. 

When I need a little bit of a power boost to get me through an afternoon meeting, I usually find myself reaching for an Iced London Fog Tea Latte. 

This twist on the classic Early Grey tea is safe to have in moderation during pregnancy, and a Grande contains 40 mg of caffeine.

The Best Starbucks Iced Tea For Pregnant Women
  • When it comes to iced tea at Starbucks, I actually hit the refrigerator section! The Teavana Sparkling Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Green Tea has only 16 mg of caffeine, and the addition of bubbly water helps sooth my queasy stomach.
Starbucks Iced Tea Drinks To Avoid During Pregnancy
  • While Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea is caffeine free, there are mixed beliefs about the safety of hibiscus tea during pregnancy. Some women drink hibiscus tea to help them prepare for labor in the third trimester, but I definitely recommend talking with your doctor or midwife first. 

3. Refreshers 

Starbucks Mango Dragon Fruit Lemonade Refresher with Passion Tango Tea

Light, fruity and cold, Starbucks Refreshers aren't exactly as healthy as a fruit smoothie, but they do hit the spot during pregnancy. 

Each Grande Refresher contains 45-50 mg of caffeine, which is still well below the threshold during pregnancy. 

Another great thing about refreshers is they are often available in Starbucks Trenta size. This allows me to sip my sweet treat all afternoon long!
The Best Starbucks Refresher For Pregnant Women
  • All of the Starbucks Refreshers are suitable during pregnancy! I recommend the Frozen Strawberry Acai Lemonade Refresher, as it's made with real strawberry puree and dried strawberries. A Grande has 35 grams of sugar and 160 calories.

4. Iced Coconut Milk 

Starbucks Iced Coconut Milk Matcha Latte

Iced coconut milk drinks are a great replacement for coffee or addition to coffee. And while Starbucks discontinued my favorite Guava Passionfruit Drink (why, Starbucks?), there are still a variety of flavors available. 

Coconut milk contains iron and healthy nutrients essential for a mother's immune system.  

I love customizing drinks with coconut milk even when I'm not pregnant because coconut milk has healthy fats that fall nicely into my daily macros.

Tips For Ordering Coconut Drinks At Starbucks
  • I recommend starting with the famous "Pink Drink!" Technically found in the Refreshers section of the menu, the Pink Drink features Strawberries and coconut milk for only 140 calories.

5. Decaf & Half-Caf Coffees

Starbucks Iced Decaf Coffee

When I crave caffeine during pregnancy, unfortunately my favorite Caffe Americano comes with a bit too much at 225 mg. 

Thankfully, I can get a decaf version! 

Decaf coffees usually only have about 15 mg of caffeine, so I don’t have to worry about it being too strong. They also still have the same taste and smell as actual coffee.  

And when I really need a boost, a half-caf Americano will do the trick, with about 112 mg of caffeine.

Tips For Ordering Decaf Options at Starbucks
  • Starbucks serves decaf coffee for a reason and it doesn't need to be taboo or requested in a whisper. Go ahead and tell your barista to cut the caffeine. They do it all the time!

6. Chai Latte 

Starbucks Iced Chai Latte with Almond Milk

When I'm looking for a drink that’ll warm my soul, I can’t go wrong with a Chai Latte. I guess technically this one should fall under "hot teas," but it's so good that it deserves it's own entry.

Even if I order a Venti, a Chai Latte only contains 120 mg of caffeine, so it fits within my daily limits. 

What I really appreciate is that since it's made with 2% milk, I'm also getting a bit of a protein boost.

7. Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso

If you’re looking for your next caffeine fix, there’s nothing better than a Starbucks espresso shot.[1] I would wager that most of us fell in love with Starbucks over some espresso drink or another. 

At Starbucks, two espresso shots equals 150 mg of caffeine, so that should be your limit. 

When I need more coffee flavor, I know I can also ask for decaf espresso!

The Best Espresso Drinks at Starbucks For Pregnant Women
  • All of the lattes on Starbucks current menu have under 200 mg of caffeine when ordered in a Grande size, though you should check their app for certainty. 
  • I recommend the Caffe Latte as it packs in 150 mg of caffeine but also provides 13 grams of protein.
Starbucks Espresso Drinks To Avoid During Pregnancy
  • When it comes to espresso drinks, make sure your barista adds in no more than two shots of espresso, as that will be your threshold. I would steer clear of the seasonal offerings, simply because they are usually packed with sugar. 


7. Iced Coffee (Regular & Cold Brew) 

Starbucks Iced Cold Brew

While there’s nothing wrong with an espresso, it’s normal to crave a Starbucks iced coffee drink - especially if the weather’s warm outside. 

Iced coffee are great with milk, sugars, syrups, and can be ordered in a light, medium, or dark roast.

I love that Starbucks even has decaf iced coffee!

Starbucks Cold Coffee Drinks To Avoid During Pregnancy
  • All of the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brews have too much caffeine, so skip those. 
  • If you're really feeling like a cold brew, opt for a Cream Cold Brew (185 mg of caffeine) and limit yourself to one.

8. Cappuccino 

Starbucks Cappuccino

It's a common misconception that pregnant women should avoid cappuccino, but it actually contains less than 200mg of caffeine.

When I choose to get a Grande cup of cappuccino with 2% milk, it still only has 150 mg of caffeine. 

In terms of calories, it’s also only about 140 calories for a Grande with 2% milk.  

My favorite thing about cappuccinos is how easily they can be customized. I can add sweeteners, syrups, sauces, and even toppings, depending on my mood.  

9. Caffe Americano 

Starbucks Caffe Americano

An Americano is actually a more watered, diluted version of an espresso. So if you’re drinking an espresso, you can drink a Caffe Americano.  

I enjoy getting  my Americano over ice. It not only gives me a cold drink, but it waters it down further.

Tips For Ordering Americanos During Pregnancy
  • Limit your intake to a Tall Americano, which has 150 mg of caffeine.
  • Opt for a decaf Americano for all the taste and none of the caffeine.

10. Hot Brewed Coffee 

Starbucks Brewed Coffee

It's no wonder doctors won't outright say, "You can have one or two cups of coffee." I was really surprised at how much the caffeine content of Starbucks coffees varies by type!

When you order your hot brewed coffee from Starbucks, they also allow you to select from three different roasts - light blonde, medium roast, or a dark roast.  

So while yes, you can drink hot brewed coffee at Starbucks, make sure you know what you're ordering by using my tips!

The Best Starbucks Brewed Coffees For Pregnancy
  • Ask for a Tall Cafe Verona (dark roast), as this will be around 195 mg of caffeine.
  • Ask for half-caf or decaf coffee. 
Hot Brewed Coffee Drinks To Avoid During Pregnancy
  • Stay away from Starbucks Blonde Roast. A Grande size has 360 mg of caffeine!
  • All coffees at Starbucks have over 200 mg of caffeine when ordered in a Grande size or larger, so stick to a Tall.

11. Macchiato 

Starbucks Iced Macchiato

My usual coffee hit (non-pregnancy) is often a Starbucks Macchiato, so I was thrilled to learn that they are still an OK choice during pregnancy. 

Both the Caramel Macchiato and Espresso Macchiato at Starbucks, when ordered as a Grande, contain 150 mg of caffeine.  

And yes, you can definitely order these as decaf or half-caf versions. 

12. Mochas 

Starbucks Iced Mocha

If you're craving a sweet Starbucks mocha drink with a reasonable caffeine content, Mochas will do the trick. 

They're a drink that contains chocolate with espresso and steamed milk.

They're kind of a cross between a hot chocolate and Starbucks latte, but with a bit more coffee and a bit less chocolate. I like to call it my grown up hot chocolate.

One of the most popular mocha coffee drinks is the peppermint white chocolate mocha. 

Even if you choose to get a venti Mocha, it'll still have less than 200 mg of caffeine. However, at 450 calories a pop, consider this a splurge on your pregnancy nutrition. 

13. Frappuccino 

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

Frappuccinos are delicious: they're creamy and a lovely ice-blended drink for a warm day. I just love sipping on these fancy milkshakes. They remind me of my college days, when I felt so grown up because I was fueled by sugar and caffeine.

With Frappuccinos, you can also customize it according to the flavors you like - whether that be white chocolate, peppermint, or more.

No matter which Frappuccino flavor I choose to go for, it's within the pregnancy caffeine limit.

And while I recommend trying all the options over time, my all time favorite is the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino. Seriously, who needs dessert when you can have one of these? 

The Best Starbucks Frappuccinos For Pregnancy
  • The Creme-based Frappuccinos are not only caffeine-free, but they will provide a decent amount of calcium for your growing little one.

14. Latte

Starbucks Iced Caramel Latte

Every latte currently available at Starbucks has less than 200 mg of caffeine content when ordered in a Tall or Grande- making them safe if you’re expecting.  

I can even order a wide range of delicious Starbucks iced latte drink flavors including the blonde vanilla latte, caramel latte, cinnamon dolce latte, or even an eggnog latte. 

The Caramel Brulee Latte is another exceptionally popular latte favorite that’s best enjoyed hot, and even that only contains about 150 mg of caffeine. 

So while I do have to say goodbye to those mid-afternoon energy drinks, one latte per day will keep my doctor off my case.

15. Caffe Misto 

Starbucks Iced Caffe Misto

Ever heard of the Caffe Misto? It’s a delicious coffee drink at Starbucks that consists of half steamed milk and half brewed coffee. 

This is what I choose when I'm looking for a bit more from my Americano in terms of flavor and dairy content. Because the milk is steamed it feels velvety smooth going all the way down.

The venti size has about 195 mg of caffeine, so it’s pushing the limit of daily intake, but one would still be ok.  

Best enjoyed warm, the Caffe Misto has about 110 calories in a Grande size. It's also customizable in terms of the flavors, toppings, and sweeteners that you’d like to add in.[2]

Ordering Starbucks Drinks For Pregnant Women (Things To Consider)

When ordering a drink for yourself or a pregnant woman, one of the things you might be thinking is - does Starbucks use pasteurized milk? 

Yes, you’ll be glad to know that all of the milk and cream at Starbucks is pasteurized. 

This is important for someone who is pregnant, as pasteurized milk is heated to a high temperature that's perfect for killing harmful bacteria.  

While there's a good amount of information out there as to whether or not the coffees at Starbucks are safe, what about the refreshers?

Yes, as mentioned earlier, refreshers are completely safe to consume. 

While they do come with caffeine, they are safe if you just want a moderate caffeine consumption and are typically made with ice and the caffeinated base along with freeze-dried fruit pieces.  

When customizing your drink, you can put in a plethora of other flavors in your drink, whether that be sweeteners or syrups, to satisfy your sugar cravings.[3]

While you can put a pump or two of your favorite syrup in your drink, make sure that you're not going over the top. 

Syrups can have a lot of calories in them, so just be careful when adding them to your drink.  

With different sizes, make sure that you're aware of how much caffeine each size contains, as it can differ significantly.

Starbucks Refresher Online Menu

Starbucks Drinks For Pregnant Women FAQs 

What Starbucks drinks are not safe for pregnant women? 

There are quite a few Starbucks drinks that are not safe for pregnant women due to the amount of caffeine. If you're not sure, it's best to opt for caffeine-free drinks instead. In addition, make sure you are watching your sugar intake.

How much Starbucks can I drink while pregnant?  

If you're pregnant, limit your Starbucks caffeine consumption to 200 mg each day, and you'll be fine. This is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee or one and a half cups of 8-ounce coffee.

What food can a woman eat from Starbucks while pregnant? 

When it comes to the food at Starbucks, you can usually eat their wraps and sandwiches. Just make sure that you ask them to be heated until steaming hot, as most of these foods are not made fresh to order.

Conclusion

There are plenty of Starbucks drinks available for pregnant women. You'll see that I have no problem making my way through the menu, but if I had to choose a favorite pregnancy go-to, it would be the regular coffee made half-caf, as I just can't give up my morning coffee!

Just make sure that you're aware of the caffeine amounts in the drinks you're ordering along with the various customizations, and you'll be all set.

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/410/hot

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/478/hot

3. https://www.cnet.com/health/parenting/how-much-sugar-during-pregnancy/

Karmy Widjaja

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Karmy Widjaja
Karmy Widjaja, holding a degree in Hospitality Administration, combines her academic background with a profound passion for the world of coffee. Her work is enriched with a wealth of insights, not only about the art of coffee making but also about the broader aspects of the coffee industry. Her quest for coffee perfection is a central theme in her engaging articles, as she continues to explore the vibrant coffee scene in Perth. And when it's time for a coffee break? Karmy's all about a laid-back flat white with almond milk – it's her go-to for a tasty coffee kick.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... flat white with almond milk.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I’m expecting but love my Starbucks! I was willing to give it all the way up if need be, but was also curious if I could still enjoy something on their menu. So thank you so much for posting this! I appreciate you!

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