Post # 1
How much coffee or caffeine did you have daily during pregnancy. I used to drink a cup of coffee plus 1-2 sodas during the day to keep me going but eversince I got a BFP, i’ve cut down to one 6-8 oz cup in the morning and no more soda. I’ve never been preggars before and I was reading online that caffeine increases the risk of miscarriage, so I’m wondering if I should just cut it out completely.
Post # 3
I’ve been sticking to about a cup a day although, weirdly enough, it can’t be hot coffee. So I usually get a small iced coffee and then made the switch to half-decaffinated just in case I ate some caffeine elsewhere that day (via chocolate). I’ve made an effort to try and have decaffinated iced tea or other beverages too. I think you’re ok. Caffeine can increase the risk for problems if you’re having a lot of it. Talk to your doctor about it and they’ll help you decide what’s best for you.
Post # 4
I think the guideline is 200mg. You can look it up, I think that’s a cup a day or two max. You need to consider your chocolate, cola and other caffeine intake too.
Post # 5
I have a small iced coffee twice a week, and maybe a can of soda on the other 2 caffeine drinking days if I’m really in a coma. I didn’t have practically any the first trimester, and my chocolate intake has gone way down.
Post # 6
I have cut down to 1-2 coffees a day but i still have heaps of tea, which I know isn’t great because it is caffinated as well
Post # 7
I cut it all out, but even if I wanted to drink it the smell turns my tummy. I can’t cut chocolate out, so that’s where I’m getting my caffeine from
Post # 8
Before I was pregnant I drank normally 4 cups of coffee a day… plus one or two softdrinks…. not so healthy! About a month before we started trying to become pregnant I cut my coffee to one per day, or switched to tea on somedays. Since becoming pregnant I have been able to “contol” my coffee addiction and now maybe have one coffee a week. But along with other PP’s…. I make up with chocolate!
In case anyone is wondering how much caffeine is in certain products, here is a link that has common drinks/food and how much caffeine each one contains:
Post # 9
@mwitter80: This is me exactly! I used to love my daily 20oz coffee and couldn’t go a morning without it. I got my BFP and now just the smell of it makes me feel ill. I’ve cut out all caffine (but with the occasional chocolate thrown in there though) and although the first week or two was a fog I feel good now.
Post # 10
I’ve been drinking decaf coffee since getting pregnant. Occasionally I’ll let myself have an iced tea for a treat. I don’t drink pop, so that wasn’t an issue for me.
I started cutting down before I ever got pregnant, I didn’t want to go cold-turkey. So while we were TTC, I’d let myself have 1 cup regular coffee and then switch to decaf.
Post # 11
I had one small coffee on days I really craved it, but pretty much none the first trimester. Luckily I just lost my taste for coffee in those early weeks – I think in general the first trimester is when this stuff matters the most. The 200 mg rule is good – but keep in mind that some places, like starbucks, brew VERY strong coffee and you can hit that limit very quickly!
Post # 12
I used to be a really heavy coffee drinker… blah… but I quit cold turkey for the first Tri and probably a week or two into the second. I’d had a previous miscarriage so I was kind of paranoid. Once I felt a little more secure in the second tri I started drinking coffee again. I have a cup or cup and a half most days of the week and will have a pop every now and then too.
Post # 13
I cut out all caffeine as well. I still have some chocolate and mainly hot chocolate now. I miss tea, but choose not to drink despite my doctor’s rec for 1-2 cups a day. I got used to not having caffeine to wake up in the morning quickly.
Post # 14
@abbyful: This is exactly what I did too. I had been drinking 2 coffees (probably medium sized) a day until we started ttc. Then I switched to one regular and one decaf then finally compeltely to decaf before getting pregnant. Now I drink a cup of decaf in the morning and once in a while have a small half regular/half decaf later in the day. No soda or caffinated tea for me either so that wasn’t an issue.
Post # 15
I was exactly like you pre-preg. I cut back to 1 cup in the mornings (home brewed) and the occasional soda (as in once a week). I do eat some chocolate but stay under allowable amounts. My doc told me given the choice between decaf and regular coffee, to drink regular (something about the way decaf is brewed).
Post # 16
I don’t drink any coffee or pop anymore, but will have a couple peices of chocolate here and there.