Post # 1
We will be TTC after our wedding in March (both VERY anxious for kids).
I read a study on a random site that cited either UCSF or Stanford’s research that women who consume more than 400 mg of caffeine daily (about four cups of brewed coffee) are like 25% more likely to miscarry or something crazy like that; but even though it cited a reputable source, I am still weary that they skewed the data.
I have been trying to cut out caffeine over the last 2 months because I wanted to prepare my body prior to pregnancy, but I am just dying of tiredness. DYING. I survived the withdrawl, but my coworkers are concerned (I fell asleep sitting up at work the other day, umm EMBARRASSING. Also since I cut out caffeine, I have been spending my lunch daily sleeping in my car for an hour!).
Please give me reassurance that this isn’t true! Or have you heard the same thing?
PS, I am not a huge coffee drinker, but I regularly drank at least 1 maybe 2 cups of coffee per weekday, not on weekends usually.
Post # 3
Not regularly, but I work nights as a nurse so sometimes I need something or my patients wouldn’t be safe because I’m so tired. I’ll usually sip on a 20 oz coke (76mg caffeine) or get a small half decaf coffee and drink like half of it. I don’t drink coffee much anymore for other health reasons, so just a little caffeine really does the trick since I have no tolerance. I think it’s recommended you stay under 200 mg caffeine a day? Correct me if I’m wrong.
Post # 4
I did not have drink caffeine while pregnant, my doctor and nutrionist told me not to. It sucked to cause I drank Mtn Dew and drank coffee and went cold turkey on both.
Post # 5
I voted heck no lol even though I dont think you’re crazy. I’m just the type that avoided caffeine even before I was pregnant because I try to stay healthy. Most doctors say that small amounts of caffeine are safe during pregnancy. But I avoid it altogether
Post # 6
@Sassygrn: Just so you know Mountain dew is supposedly really high in sugar and syrup (higher than most sodas) I recently found this out from watching a news special about it and then I researched it and found it to be true
Post # 7
There are conflicting studies on how much caffeine is “safe.” However, The March of Dimes has stated that under 200mg (about 12 oz of coffee) per day is acceptable. Just remember that there is caffeine in other sources, not just caffeine, so if you’re a chocoholic, you’ll have to figure that in. I’m not a regular coffee drinker and I drink non caffeinated drinks, however, I do still sometimes indulge in a flavored cup of coffee (I’m 37 weeks pregnant). If you need a cup of coffee to get through the day don’t beat yourself up about it.
Post # 8
I did not drink caffeine at all during the first trimester. Now that I am in the second trimester, I am allowing a small caffeine drink every few days (small sweet tea or small coffee).
Post # 9
Pre-pregnancy I drank multiple cups of coffee and diet coke a day. While pregnant, I have allowed msyelf 1 home brewed cup of coffee in the morning. It’s around 100 mg of caffeine, which is within the allowable amounts for pregnancy. My OB was fine with that.
Post # 10
@panterapeach: Same here!
OP: I avoided it completely during the 1st trimester and then limited it to usually latte’s as opposed to a cup of regular coffee. An ounce of espresso has around 70/80 mg. of caffiene so I was comfortable with that low of a level.
Here’s a nice list of what a specific drink’s caffeine content is! And then I also check the starbucks website to see the differences in their drinks as well (frappe vs. latte)
Caffeine Content by Drink
ETA: Not having it through the 1st trimester wasn’t too bad b/c the tiredness was uncombatible anyways…. the caffeine just did NOT help at all & the couple times I did have a frappe/latte just made me feel worse b/c caffeine is dehydrating. =/
Post # 11
I haven’t had any but I don’t think you’re crazy, I’m just really bad about worrying. I will say though that I was drinking about two sodas a day when I found out I was pregnant and as soon as I got the positive test, I stopped completely. I’ve tried to quit caffeine a lot throughout my life (because I was always super addicted and would get headaches) and it’s always been hard but this time it wasn’t. I knew I had a better reason to quit plus with how tired I was, I don’t think I even noticed if I had any withdrawal symptoms.
Post # 12
@bells: Yea I don’t drink it at ALL now I tried it not to long again and yucky! I am back to my coffee though. Darn holiday drinks did it at my local coffee shop!
Post # 13
Coffee has had weird side effects on me since I got pregnant, it never used to affect me before but now I get really jittery (like uncomfortably so), I sweat even when I’m cold, and it gives me really bad diarrhea. So odd since it never used to. So it ended up being easy not to drink coffee.
BUT I still usually have some drink with caffeine about once a week. But a 12 ounce coffee is okay, my midwife okayed it for my sister and she drank it nearly every day. Her baby is fine 🙂
I wouldn’t stress about it too much. Maybe try a small coffee instead of med/large, or try going every other day?
Post # 14
I drank those 5 hour energy shots everyday until I found out I was pregnant. That of course stopped once I found out I was expecting. I avoided caffeine for a good part of the first tri, but I will have a little bit of soda now.
Post # 15
Before I got pregnant I drank 2 cups of home-brewed coffee a day (cream, no sugar). Since getting pregnant, I’ve probably only had 4 cups (in around 6 weeks). I just don’t have any desire for it. What I do indulge in is a can of Diet Coke–one a day, max. It’s less about the caffeine and more about sipping something that’s cold, sweet and carbonated. It helps my nausea.
Post # 16
Most people forget there is caffeine elsewhere besides coffee. Chocolate, tea are the two most commonly consumed.
I have had no coffee whatsoever. Although I do love it and at 24 weeks starting to miss a good cafe americano. I was generally one fresh ground cup at home in the am then a cup of cappuccino/cafe americano in the afternoon. During TTC I started weaning myself.
I crave Coke WAY more and have allowed myself 2.5 cans thus far. And it was glorious.
I think under 200/300mg per March of Dimes and/or APA is fine.