How Do You Feel About...

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Registered: 07-05-2005
How Do You Feel About...
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 1:12pm

.. drinking caffeine during pregnancy?

Women can drink a cup of coffee or one soft drink a day during pregnancy and not worry that it might put them at risk of miscarriage or preterm birth, according to new guidelines released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The professional group issued the information from its Committee on Obstetric Practice, which reviewed studies on the topic before making a decision.

"Finally, we have good evidence to show that having a cup of coffee a day is fine and it poses no risk to the fetus," said Dr. William H. Barth Jr., chairman of the committee on obstetric practice and chief of the division of maternal-fetal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

They are talking about a reasonably sized cup of coffee or serving of soda, of course.

How do you feel about drinking caffeine during your pregnancy?  Will you be avoiding it completely? Enjoying a cup or two a day? What's your plan?

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Registered: 02-06-2013
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 8:17am

Thank you for posting this.  I thought caffeine was a no no on the list for a pregnancy.  It was enlightening to be able to read about it and find out the truth.


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Registered: 07-01-2003
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 11:01am
With my first pregnancy I had a small cup a day but stopped pretty quickly. I'm a bigger coffee drinker now but have found I don't really want it! I am cutting back to a small cup though so I don't get headaches from going cold turkey :) I don't drink soda but will occasionally have some unsweetened ice tea.


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Registered: 02-05-2013
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 1:53pm
I've been trying to cut back but it is HARD! I love coffee so trying to keep it to one or two cups a day has been a big adjustment. No more afternoon lattes for me!
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Wed, 03-27-2013 - 5:30pm
I started out drinking a cup of coffee in the mornings when I first found out. I've stopped, since. I just find I don't want it now. I don't miss it much. If I start to want some later, I'll switch to decaf. I love strawberries and cream frappuchinos at Starbucks so I should be good for the summer.