Alternative to tea and coffee?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I didn’t limit while TTC and haven’t given it up completely while pregnant (7.5 wks).  My doctor said to keep caffeine intake to 250 ml a day.  I have a small mug of home brewed coffee in the morning before work.  It is really difficult for me to forego that cup because I work 50+ hours a week and would be at risk for getting canned if i couldn’t keep up at work!  I drink MUCH less coffee than before – I used to have 3 cups a day!  This is a good compromise for me.  And I’m still falling asleep half the day.

If you plan to give up coffee/tea, you could always go for hot cocoa instead.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@roxy821: What about herbal teas or hot cocoa?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve cut out all coffee and most caffeine as well during pregnancy. I’m doing surprisingly well with out my morning cup of joe! I think it’s bc I weaned myself off.

On days where I’m extremely tired I allow myself a cup of tea with milk. When winter comes I will definitely want the hot beverage as well. I think I’ll go with caffeine free tea with milk. Occasionally I also have green tea with brown rice (think Japanese restaurants) or a cup of caffeine free green tea.

With fall here pasteurized hot apple cider could be a good hot beverage as well!

Don’t forget hot chocolate also has a small amount of caffeine in it. That 200mg really starts to add up when you add the chocolate, hot cocoa, cup of coffee, etc!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Before I was pregnant I would drink Hot Chocolate or  Herbal teas, since i dont like coffee or regular tea. Now that I’m pregnant I usually just have orange juice, for some reason the hot beverages make me feel like throwing up

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@roxy821:

Oh just hot water with honey and lemon might be a good one too if you’re just looking for a hot beverage.

I also love this soy oatmeal “cereal” I get from the asian supermarket. You just add hot water and it’s like a semi sweet liquidy oatmeal. A great filling hot beverage. 🙂

Yeah, I weaned myself off during TTC. I was a cup of coffee (and we make it strong at home with whole beans freshly grounded) in the morning then a cup of espresso/capp/cafe americano in the afternoon. During TTC I weaned myself down to 1/2 cup in the morning only. Then during TWW cold turkey. It made the transition much easier!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think every doctor is different about what they recommend as far as herbal teas and decaf beverages go.  Mine says because of the processing involved in decaf coffee and tea, the lesser evil is a cup of coffee.  Also, mine says herbal teas are a no no.

I generally keep my caffeine intake to under 100 mg a day (a small mug of folders is around 90 mg).  I don’t go for starbux or dunkins anymore.  I’m not a big chocolate eater or tea drinker so the one cup of coffee is well under the 250 mg a day.  My husband is completely on board with me having 1 cup a day, too.

Totally a personal choice (after consultation with your doctor) though!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I still have a cup of joe in the morinng. I’ve only ever been a cup a day person anyhow.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would stay away from herbal teas for the most part. There are herbs that are harmful to the baby but are fine when you are not pregnant. I personally have a can of Arizona half & half every day along with my water to give me my caffeine and that is about 30mg which is way under the allottment.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

What about apple cider?  I love apple cider in the fall!  If you’re completely cutting out all caffeien, hot cocoa might be a no go since chocolate has (small amounts of) caffeine in it.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was going to suggest fruit based herbal teas which sounds safe, but then I googled hibiscus and it’s supposed to be unsafe for pregnant women.  Oh boy!

I’m not pregnant yet, but I’m already worried about all the food restrictions. What are you pregnant ladies living on, water and crackers? Will I be able to find anything to eat or drink that I like when I get pregnant? 🙁

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@roxy821: I think it depends on what type of herbs – you do have to be careful. Red raspberry leaf tea is supposed to be good for pregnancy (makes labor easier?), and peppermint and lemon balm are considered safe.

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