Caffeine during pregnancy?

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Caffeine during pregnancy?
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Wed, 06-15-2011 - 11:42am
I think I feel comfortable cutting out all caffeine during PG, yet I keep hearing mixed advice about it. My mom continued to have a cup of coffee every day and we turned out fine!

What do you plan to do?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 06-15-2011 - 2:54pm
I cut it out with my first pregnancy, only allowed myself one soda a week (I'm not a coffee drinker). With my last pregnancy, between work and the kids, I really needed the caffeine boost and had my one Diet Coke every morning. Caffeine in moderation is fine, according to some research: http://www.ivillage.com/moderate-caffeine-intake-safe-during-pregnancy-experts-say/4-a-229488?ice=iv:mb:msg:mm

It might be something you want to consider cutting back on even before you get pregnant, since research as found that it can affect your fertility: http://www.ivillage.com/caffeine-may-interfere-fertility-women/4-a-353437?ice=iv:mb:msg:mm

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Registered: 04-29-2006
Wed, 06-15-2011 - 6:49pm
Most of what I read seems to suggest small amounts are fine. Of course, lots of people drink multiple coffees all day at work - I certainly have at times. I think I'll try to limit it to one cup per day, and/or buy half-caff.
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 12:48am

When I was pregnant with DD, my OB said that one cup of coffee per day is fine (max 250 mg per day, I think, is what he specified, which amounts to 2 small cups or a large mug, depending on the brew). I tried to limit myself to half that amount during my pregnancy.

I am in the process of cutting way back on caffeine as part of my diet, but I don't see myself eliminating it completely. I'll probably still have a glass or two of unsweetened ice tea, which isn't all that much caffeine. I will probably maintain this caffeine level (usually less than 100 mg per day) after getting pregnant with #2.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 9:16am
I cut it out for the first trimester and then had one soda or coffee a day after that. There were many days when that was a much needed boost. Towards the end when my BP was spiking at times, I cut it out again.

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 9:17am
Thank you, Melissa! I think I will start downsizing from two cups of coffee to one. I am still undecided as to what to do but perhaps I will stick to black tea during PG!

Thanks for your responses, ladies!

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Registered: 06-06-2011
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 2:28pm

I'm not sure if I will cut it out completely or still have one cup.

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 2:50pm
I would go nuts if I didn't have my chocolate, lol!

I have had those withdrawals symptoms before and it scares me to do it again, sigh.

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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 4:11pm

I already cut back my caffeine intake a few years ago in an attempt to be healthier. I was a soda addict and I have eliminated that from my diet completely. I do love my coffee though and have two cups every morning. In college I used to also drink coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks,


 


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Registered: 04-17-2009
Mon, 06-20-2011 - 11:18am
Thanks! I tried to just have one cup today, but I had to have my second...I too also love tea!

I usually have two small squares of dark chocolate. It shouldn't have too much caffeine.

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Registered: 07-15-2003
Tue, 06-21-2011 - 11:28am

Well I had 2 cups of coffee yesterday, and 2 cups of tea, and 3 chocolate chip cookies .... but who's counting? lol

I blame wedding planning. I need all the sugar and caffeine I can get right now!


 


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