Post # 1
Dear Preggo Bees,
As I sit here at work fighting sleepiness from a long weekend. I wonder the same question I have been wondering for a long time.
How do you fight sleepiness during pregnancy without caffeine?
I know it’s okay to have up to 200mg of caffeine a day.
But I’d prefer to cut out 99% of caffeine when I’m pregnant (coffee, coca cola, tea etc). I’ll be sneaking a couple chocolates here and there. 😉
In preparation during TTC I’ve cut myself down to 1/2 cup of coffee per day, no caffeinated/herbal tea, no coca cola and being very cognizant of coffee ice cream, chocolate, etc.
I know getting up and walking will help but sometimes even after that I’m still sleepy!
So how do you fight the zzz’s at work without caffeine?
Post # 3
I’m not pregnant, but if you replace all those caffeinated drinks with water, you’ll have to pee so often you won’t have time to get drowsy 😉 hehe
No, seriously though, when I’ve cut back on caffeine in the past, it takes a little while for my body to adjust. Drinking water does help, as does going outside – they say sunlight helps with jetlag and I seriously think it helps with the drowsies from caffeine withdrawal too!
You’re so smart to do this before getting pregnant – your body will have time to adjust 🙂
Post # 4
When you say “long weekend” is it because you had more than the standard two days off or is it because you were very busy? I hate to state the obvious, but how much sleep are you getting and are you taking prenatal vitamins? Because they help ALOT!
Post # 5
hahaha. Great tip about the water! To be honest not counting the undergrad years I have been down to one cup only for about the last 3 years. And the occasional cafe mocha. And since TTC I’ve been sans coffee on the weekend and I’m fine in the withdrawal department. So I don’t think I’ll have caffeine withdrawal issues but we’ll see. 😉
Sunlight is a great idea!!!
I’ve been on prenatal since last February even though we’ve only been TTC for 3 months. And long weekend means we were super busy; we went home to visit my family for the weekend.
Post # 6
Juice, I am freaking obsessed with juice since I’ve been pregnant. I make sure to get the ones without all the extra crap in it because they feel sticky and gross in my mouth, but just pure juice or slushy is superb for me.
Oh and sleep. I didn’t drink caffeine really either but I did once and it didn’t really help, pregnancy tired was just a different kind of tired and the only cure for me was sleep.
Oh and hot chocolate. Love hot chocolate, but it’s getting warmer so now it’s more about juice.
Post # 7
I was totally with you on the juice thing when I was pregnant, also, cold fresh fruit (I like a cold crisp apple or juicy orange any day!) can be VERY refreshing –though if you have sensitive teeth, that might not be so great.
Post # 8
I would love to have a cup of coffee right now…..but during the first weeks of pregnancy i drank a small cup with my usual sugar and milk, and then i was puking let me tell you it tasted so foul coming back up I dont know if i can ever drink coffee again lol. I drink a lot of water and get up and walk every now it helps me stay awake. I think that i am sleepy becuase i toss and turn at night, i am going to get a snoogle thing to help with positioning and maybe i can get some good zzzs.
Post # 9
Juice & fruits are a great idea! We take grapes on road trips to stay awake, something about the burst of juice & sugar helps shock you awake! 😉
I hope you get some sleep soon!
Post # 10
Ugh. Preggo. I hate that word. Sounds like I’m 15 again.
To answer your question: Fruits, JUICE!!!, nuts, veggies. If you eat right and exercise regularily your body will put you on a sleep pattern that works for you perfectly. I don’t think that pregnant people are the only ones who sould go without caffeine. To me, it’s just another addictive substance that people should try to stay away from; regardless of their “medical conditions.”
Post # 11
i was actually really worried about this before i got pregnant – i looove coffee and used to have a cup or two every morning as part of my daily routine. i really depended on it for energy, especially on long workdays. i didn’t cut back while ttc, but as soon as i found out i was pregnant (at about 3.5 weeks) i weaned myself off it pretty quickly. once i started having morning sickness i really didn’t have the taste for it anyway, and i was so incredibly tired during the first trimester that coffee wouldn’t have helped anyway =/. over time, ive realized that coffee created a false high followed by a crash, so not having coffee actually feels way more natural and evened out throughout the day if you know what i mean. now that im not as exhausted everyday, i dont even miss it!
Post # 12
I just get more sleep. You’ll go to sleep earlier anyway.LOL I never drank coffee in the morning (and I’m a teacher,lol, it’s kinda part of the profession). I only drank it randomly.
I would love some Starbucks though. 🙁
Post # 13
I have heard that apples privide a similar effect.
Post # 14
Mostly you just get used to it after a while and your baseline of awakedness increases. But also naps and sugar like other people have said. Personally I really miss coffee more than anything else not “allowed” but you do kind of adjust to a new routine when you’re pregnant so that’s just part of it.
Post # 15
There are days I can’t have caffeine because I perform surgeries, so on those days to keep myself awake, I eat little snacks. Sliced fruit or a piece a candy while I drive to work usually helps.
Post # 16
Lots of water and complex carbs…fruit, granola bars etc. Seriously, LOTS of water and snacks. I feel like I am eating all the time, but it helps to not get hungry too. When I get too hungry I feel extremely sick.