Post # 1
So I LOVE my morning coffee…usually 2 cups. DH doesn’t drink it and always gives me crap about “how addicted I am” to it. I’ve been trying to cut back on the cokes. I can go several days w/o one but when I do, I limit myself to 1 a day. DH drinks coke every single day. He’s now on a kick that I should quit all caffeine. He thinks its the reason I haven’t been able to get pregnant over the past many years.
Any TTC bees give up caffeine completely? What is your substitute? Does it really affect fertility?
Post # 3
I’ve struggles with this question, too. I love coffee, tea, the works. I’ve decided to jut limit myself to between 100 to 200 mgs per day. That way I can still have a cup of coffee and some tea. The last couple of weeks I’ve tried to drink more tea rather than coffee.
Post # 4
I think you should be fine with drinking one cup a day. My RE doesn’t see an issue with me doing this.
If your Darling Husband wants you to give up all caffeine, is he willing to give up his coke, too? So that it will be easier for you?
If you have been trying for many years, have you been seeking professional help? What did they tell you as to why it’s not working for you?
Post # 5
I ddin’t give up caffeine but just started gradually scaling back. I don’t think it affects your fertility and if you can start trying to be under 200mg it will just make it that much easier when you do get pregnant. Good luck.
Post # 6
I didn’t give it up – I love coffee too much. Once pregnant, I was told I could have up to 200mg a day of caffeine – about a cup or so. Unfortunately at 8 weeks now, I absolutely hate the smell/taste of coffee! But I guess that’s my body telling me it’s best to stay away. I just hope I get my taste back for it sooner than later. 🙂
Post # 7
I didn’t give up on caffeine at ALL. I still allowed myself all the coffee I wanted, and that was usually 2 cups per day. I had no problem getting pregnant once we started charting- it took two cycles of charting.
If you’ve been actively charting and trying to get pregnant for many years, I think it’s time to get your doctor involved. Something more serious might be going on, and I doubt it’s your love for coffee!
Post # 8
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I used to consume a lot of caffeine throuout the day: coffee, tea, diet cokes.
When we were TTC I cut back a lot, but didn’t cut it out completely. I find it really hard to believe that two cups of coffee per day would keep you from conceiving.
Post # 9
Check out this link on cleansing for pregnancy. We are going to TTC soon after our wedding in June. I have been doing a ton of research. This may help. Good luck!
Post # 10
Not right away, but eventually I did (about 6 months ago). I think caffeine is a bigger risk than studies show. It has definitely been found to negatively influence ovulation and it’s probably linked to an increased chance of miscarriage. I also think it affects some people more than others.
I think it’s definitely worth giving up.
Post # 11
I cut down to 1 cup or less/per day while TTC and have mostly avoided it since becoming pregnant. I have had 1/2 cup about three times this pregnancy to “treat” stubborn migraines.
I have read a number of journal articles about caffeine during pregnancy and have come to the conclusion that it’s best to avoid it if possible. My OB practice’s printed materials say the same.
Here’s a Time magazine article about one study…http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1731087,00.html
In terms of substitutes, I drank a lot of decaf while TTC. I haven’t been doing decaf during pregnancy, but that’s mostly because I’d broken the habit by then and didn’t miss it.
Post # 12
i’m 10 weeks pregnant now and before i got pregnant, i was a huge caffiene addict. i cut back and i’ve found that decaf coffee (which still has a small amount of caffiene) really helps. i’m thinking maybe it’s just drinking a hot liquid in the mornings that wakes me up.
Post # 13
I asked my doc specifically last month what I should do during the “TTC period”. He said don’t get drunk, don’t eat sushi and make sure all your food is well cooked. That’s it. He said we could revisit everything else “once you’re puking” as he put it (I like my GYN).
That said – I have limited myself to my one Starbucks Grande a day and maybe a Coke Zero in the afternoon if necessary just because that’s healthier overall for me to keep my caffeine intake on the lower end.
Post # 14
I have cut waaay down on my caffeine. I used to have a cup of coffee a day and sometimes a diet coke in the afternoon. I am pretty much down to a cup (sometimes 2) of coffee per week. I didn’t start cutting back right away, it wasn’t until we started having some trouble (we are on cycle 10 of TTC now) that I cut back.
Post # 15
I plan to cut down, but mostly because I know I want to really limit it when I pregnant, and I think it would be really hard to cut it then when I am also tired and whatever else. So I plan to get down to just one cup a day, ideally to the point where I don’t NEED the coffee. Right now I NEED it.
If you are just having 2 cups of coffee a day, plus the occasional coke, that doesn’t sound like that much to me, but it couldn’t hurt, I guess.
Post # 16
I switched from 2-3 cups a day regular coffee to 1 cup regular and 1 cup decaf.
Then when I got pregnant, I quit caffeine completely for the first trimester.