Post # 1
I am 8 weeks pregnant with my second baby. For the first baby I never drank coffee so it was never a concern. I cannot find a definitive answer on whether or not it is ok to drink a cup of decaf in the morning. My first appointment is not for another 2 weeks and I feel silly calling the on call doctor on a Sunday for this info.
Thanks Ladies 🙂
Post # 3
Yes, it is fine.
I’m also of the camp that caffeine during pregnancy is also fine – I’ve read the studies and they were not conclusive enough for me to completely stop caffeine. But if it’s the caffeine you are concerned about, decaf is the way to go.
Post # 4
I chose to avoid it because of the chemicals used to turn caffeinated coffee into decaf made me nervous. I waited until 2nd trimester and then had very limited regular coffee intake. But I don’t know where I read that and I can’t find it again, so I’m not sure how much evidence there is to support that. Maybe another direction to go with your research, though?
Here’s some info on it: http://www.livestrong.com/article/553320-is-ethyl-acetate-decaf-coffee-safe-during-pregnancy/
I think, like everything else, it’s about moderation and good sense. I’m sure a cup of coffee (decaf or regular) every once in awhile is fine.
Post # 5
i think you will be just fine
Post # 6
I drank decaf throughout my first trimester and continue to do so, maybe 1-3 times a week. Baby is growing fine right now, and it has been a great way for me to relax and feel somewhat normal. 🙂
Post # 7
I’m not a daily coffee drinker, but I’ve had a cup of decaf a few times a week throughout my pregnancy, including the first trimester. Sometimes I even drink a cup of caffeinated tea (gasp!)
I’m not concerned at all.
Post # 8
Decaf still has caffeine, just not nearly as much.
Caffeine is okay to consume in moderation while pregnant. There are a lot more dangerous things you should be avoiding (Like excess mercury in fish) than caffeine. Most doctors agree that 200-300 mG per day is an “acceptable” range. 4 grams of ground coffee will have 100 mg of caffeine.
Post # 9
As with most things in pregnancy, I think it’s fine in moderation but not in excess. Decaf still does have caffeine and some other chemicals in it, but I think it’s fine if you don’t go overboard and just stick to a reasonable amount.
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Post # 11
Just incase you didnt know…Tim Hortons decaf coffee uses the Swiss Water Decaf method which uses zero chemicals. Both in merchandise bags and brewed in the store.
“for flavor-packed decaf, try our Swiss Water®* Decaffeinated Coffee, available in a 12oz bag. This patented Swiss Water method of 100% chemical-free coffee decaffeination provides a natural way to deliver that same great Tim Hortons quality without the caffeine.”
( iam a store manager for Tim Hortons)
Post # 12
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Yes, decaf is fine. In fact, caffeinated is fine in moderation.
I love coffee adn Darling Husband works at a Starbucks. I drank plenty of coffee, though less than before the pregnancy. My baby was huge and has since grown crazy fast and at 3 months old is bigger than a 97th percentile 6 month old boy. Her neurological development is on target. Granted it’s only been 3 months and this is my anecdote, not scientific information, but I think it’s safe to say that my caffeine consumption didn’t affect little Ginny at all.
Post # 13
I just love caffiene and starbucks and I’m dying without it, some days I just have to have a cup or two or I will die! UGH.
@Miss Joker: OMG amazing. I want some of this
Post # 14
i’m 12 weeks and I have caffeine once a week. I can’t just have nothing.
Post # 15
From everything I’ve heard, including what my doctor said, you can have 200 mg of caffeine a day.
Post # 16
@Miss Joker: Oh my word, THANK YOU for this information. I was literally JUST telling my husband I am going to try looking for the Swiss something-or-other type at the store tomorrow. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to pick this up.
I contacted the on call midwife because I couldn’t handle all the conflicting info online. She said exactly what you all are saying – decaf is absolutely fine, and even a cup of strong brewed hurt per day won’t hurt.
Thanks again so much everyone!