Coffee drinkers a question

posted 1 year ago in TTC
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Honey bee

@MrsDibs:  I didn’t cut back until I got my BFP, then I stopped cold turkey which I know is not necessary but it was the route I decided to go. Maybe have a half caf in the afternoon as a “step down” method?

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Honey bee

@MrsDibs:  They say so, up to 200mg per day which is about a mug or 2 but I just didn’t see a reason to consume any. In the begining I was nauseous in the morning which made me not want coffee, and then I just got used to it. It’s one extra thing that I can do to help my baby be as healthy as possible so why not.

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Honey bee

@MrsDibs:  Do you normally have 1 cup in the morning and 1 in the afternoon?  Or more than that?  They say that 2 cups (200mg) is okay but no more than that, so if that’s what you normally have, then I’d say it’s okay to keep doing that.  I drink one cup in the morning and that’s good for me, and I do this in the TWW, too.  When I get a BFP, I’ll stop for the first trimester just because if I had a MC, I’d always wonder if there was something I could have done differently.  But, like I said, I only do 1 cup a day, so I’ve never been a heavy coffee drinker (I think I’m more addicted to flavored creamer than I am to coffee…), so it might be harder to do that if you’re used to having more than that.

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Blushing bee

@hardtoconcentrate:  haha I’m totally addicted to the creamer too! I that is why I drink coffee, for the creamer. (my favorite is International Delight’s Cold Stone Sweet Cream: it’s the perfect balance of cream and sugar!)

@MrsDibs:  I was thinking about this the other day, I found myself at work drinking a soda at 3pm and wondered if I’d had too much caffeine for the day. I think I’ll probably still have my am cup and try to stay away from the soda. But you never know with pregnancy cravings. I had a friend who really didn’t drink coffee before she was pregnant, but then started craving it like crazy (decaf) during her pregnancy. Now that she’s had the baby, she doesn’t crave it any more. weird.

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Honey bee

@MrsDibs:  I totally understand.  I would have it if I were you, too.  I love wine, and I drink a couple glasses probably 3 times a week.  During the TWW, I don’t really have as much desire to drink wine because I might be KU – I’ll have wine maybe once a week if I really get a craving.  As soon as AF comes, though, I’m certainly not restraining.  So, yeah, I wouldn’t worry about it if you want it.  You’ll deal with it when you get a BFP.  I’ve heard lots of women say they didn’t even want coffee once they got KU.  For now, if we have to deal with AF, we should be able have our vices during that time. ;)   

 

@august05:  In my opinion, the coffee is really just a vehicle for the creamer. ;)   I think I’m legitimately addicted to Pumpkin Spice creamer.  Over the years, I’ve figured out that the ”Use by” date is really far off (like something crazy like 4 months or something like that), so I stock pile the flavor while they sell it in the Fall.  I have 5 jumbo bottles in my fridge right now.  Even my MIL picks them up for me when she sees them.  I still run out way before the “Use by” date, but it gets me through March or so.  Can you say addict?! ;)

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Bumble bee

@MrsDibs:  I used to have one cup of tea in the morning and then just switched to decaf tea when I got my BFP. Each to there own but I was like @MrsSawyer in that I prefered to give up completely rather than have the caffeine. I knew that if I misscarried I would have beaten myself up over having the caffeine, rightly or wrongly. 

Good Luck!   

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Helper bee

@MrsDibs:  I am coming up 12 week pregnant and still have one cup a day.

I did stop for awhile when I first got my BFP but my morning coffee keeps me regular and when I stopped it I got clogged up and was very unhappy and uncomfortable so the Dr said to keep having it :)  

My Dr said up to 2 cups a day is fine, I never have 2 tho, and I just make it at home so its prob even weaker.  I don’t drink any soft drinks at all, and occassionally will have a cup of tea as well in the afternoon.

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Busy bee

@MrsDibs:  I’m 12 weeks pregnant and still drinking coffee. I don’t think it’s a big deal. (TMI but – I had stopped drinking it in an attempt to be virtuous, but was so, incredibly constipated and coffee was the only thing that helped! So, I’m back.) I only drink 1 cup a day. One thing to consider is that caffeine leeches calcium from your body, or makes it more difficult to absorb or something, so if you are drinking coffee every day maybe make an effort to consume more dairy or other sources of calcium. I’ve read that coffee / caffeine can lead to uterine contractions in early pregnancy so if you think you are at an increased risk of miscarriage, maybe better safe than sorry not to drink it. But for most people it’s probably fine. 

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Bumble Beekeeper

I didn’t scale back until I got the BFP and then I tried to stay under 200 mg. I drank a lof of decaf. Also, espresso trink usually have less caffeine than drip coffee… so you can have more coffee if you drink Americanos than if you drink regular brew coffee. Once I was past the first trimester, I stopped regulating myself as much. Some days, I drink none; other days, I go way over, I’m sure. If you currently consume a lot of caffeine, it’s important to scale back slowly, even if you are pregnant already. You can really freak your body out and cause a lot of streee by going cold turkey. When my mom got pregnant with me, she stopped cold turkey and had terrible withdrawl symptoms and was on the border of being hospitalized when her OB asked if she’d drastically changed her caffeine consumption. He had her resume drinking coffee immediately and scaled her back bit by bit until she wasn’t drinking that much.

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Busy bee

I didn’t give it Up ( just cut down) until i was 5 1/2 weeks…at which point my morning sickness made even the idea of coffee super nausea inducing and that’s still true a month later. So no coffee for me.

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Bumble Beekeeper

Also, just to be clear, there is no direct evidence that caffeine itself causes any problmes for the fetus. The realtionship is correlational, and the major study to suspect causation between caffeine and miscarriage is hotly contested by scientists. The vast majority of miscarriages are due to genetic factors, so measuring the risk caused by caffeine is realyl difficult. The concerns about birth problems are all based on effects observed in animals (again, correlational… and in anaimals, not humans). So in the end, most doctors and the American Pregnancy Association recommend no caffeine or 200mg and less on the “better safe than sorry” assumption. That’s a perfectly valid point… safe is better than sorry, but as you continue to research what you should or should not be doing during pregnancy, taking that position absolutely on everything that may be dangerous wven though we have no real proof will limit you so much that you may end up hating life and that’s not good for the health of your fetus either.

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