decaf coffee? decaf green tea?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2006
decaf coffee? decaf green tea?
Tue, 06-19-2007 - 11:56am



Is decaf ok? will it hurt my chances of ttc?

I have read no green tea and no coffee.

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Registered: 10-10-2004
Tue, 06-19-2007 - 6:00pm

I have seen various reports on caffeine consumption and its link
to conception. The bottom line that I have taken from these studies is that
a cup of coffee per day is OK, but if you are a 4 or 5 cup a day person, its wise to
cut it down.

I don't know anything about green tea. I have never read anything negative
about drinking ordinary (like breakfast or English) tea.

Really I think fertility is one of those very hit and miss sciences. We all know
women who drink copious amounts of coffee and drink alcohol and smoke and yet
seem to get pregnant effortlessly.

Good luck to you,
Aged 41, two ds aged 10 and 8
TTC #3 for 'quite some time'!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2007
Tue, 06-19-2007 - 11:56pm

Hey there,

I remember when my OB gave me a list of all these things I could and couldn't eat when I was pregnant, the only tea she listed that I could have was "black tea." They said peppermint tea was a no-no, but they didn't say why. When my sister in law was pregnant, she drank pepperment tea throughout all her pregnancies and her kids are all gorgeous and smart. Her OB didn't say anything about not drinking that kind of tea. (She didn't drink a gallon a day--just a cup of decaf tea every now and again.)

You should check with your OB, but I think everything in moderation when you're TTC is OK. When I'm TTC, I eat sashimi, soft unpasteurized cheeses and deli meats (stuff you shouldn't eat when you're pregnant). I drink iced green tea or a cup of coffee every day. I don't know how bad green tea can be for you when Asian women have been drinking it for centuries. :-)

I think if you live as healthy as possible, but without depriving yourself of every single little pleasure that helps you keep going through the day, you'll be more relaxed and likely to conceive. :-)


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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2005
Wed, 06-20-2007 - 6:15am
I drank too much coffee the month before I TTC and all I did is cut it down to one cup and some green tea and BAM I got PG the first month out of the gate!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2007
Wed, 06-20-2007 - 6:54am

Hi: I read that two cups of caffinated baverages was o.k. but I've also read that even the smallest amount of caffine is not good. That said, I'm going in the middle. I stopped drinking caffinated coffee a while back when I did a three day detox diet(great experience by the way!). At the time, we were just starting to consider having a baby so I never started up again. I did have a headache, which got better each day; but, after the three days, I didn't even crave my coffee in the morning.

I now drink green tea(tea has much less caffine) in the morning and herbal tea or decaf. green the rest of the day. I drink an occasional decaf. coffee. I had read in my detox diet book that since caffine wasn't a very addictive substance, you can have a cup once in a while and you won't get hooked. I tried that one day and felt so sick that I'll never do it again. From a coffee lover that stopped cold turkey, I know you will feel much healthier if you switch to green tea.

I love how us older, wiser women put so much thought into every little thing that might help or hurt our chances of getting pregnant.

Best Luck to you, Julie

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2006
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 11:19am

Thanks ladies,

The month i got pregnant was the month I cut way back on caffine. I tried not to have anything with caffine it in. I don't know if it was a fluke?

Next month, I'll try cutting back more.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2006
Sat, 06-23-2007 - 11:39am

Thanks ladies,

does decaf have any effect on ttc?

I love hot drinks.