- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2017
I would say in moderation it’s ok. I’m pregnant right now and will drink some. Except, the other day I ordered a drink from Starbucks and told them to make it half caff (only half the caffeine) and they messed it up and put full caffeine and I didn’t know it until a couple hours later when I was super jittery! Ughhh I didn’t want all that caffeine for the baby. I think these studies always go back and forth, they’ll say it’s safe then say oh no don’t have that and then go back to saying yeah it’s safe. I always felt that some would be ok.
I ended up in the hospital with contraction-like (but considerably more mild) cramping at 25 weeks. Turns out my combination of too much caffeine and not enough water had made me dehydrated. My doctor said have a glass of water with each cup of coffee!
This article isn’t really revealing anything new. Coffee has never been off limits- it’s the amount of caffeine intake per day that is limited. A cup is fine, not the entire pot.
You can find studies that will say it’s ok, and you can find studies that say it’s not. In the end, you’re probably going to do what you want anyways. I personally didn’t drink any caffeine because my husband’s side of the family deals with obesity, diabetes, etc, and I didn’t want to subject my children to additional risks (http://www.newsweek.com/caffeine-during-pregnancy-nearly-doubles-childhood-obesity-risk-329817)
sonyazach87: Yes. 200mg (stated in this article at the end), has long been the amount considered “safe.” Anything more and the risks are unknown. I kinda just find it funny to see articles like this published that are claiming something new, but are only offering the same information that has been around for many many years. I guess saying “coffee” instead of caffeine is supposed to draw more readers???
My OB always said anything in moderation is fine. He even said I could have sushi as long as I’m limiting how often I costume it and how much I eat at a time. I don’t hate that.
Yeah, my MW said that one a day (my usual ) is no issue at all.
I dont’ think this article is anything new. Coffee during pregnancy in moderation was always allowed, not just “now”. American Pregnancy Association guidelines say up to 200 mg a day is acceptable, and those guidelines been around for years. It is not a new revelation.
As far as I am aware, that isn’t new. It’;s be ‘allowed’ for a very long time.
I have one coffee a day, which is still less than half the max recommended.
If you need it fine. One a day no issue.
But let’s be real. Caffeine is NOT good for you. And it dehyrates you which is definitely not good during pregnancy. I cut caffeine while TTC and haven’t wanted any this pregnancy. No issues. The first 2 weeks were hard and I had decaf for a month or 2. Then I stopped craving coffee period. Who knows, when the babies are here Ill probably need a coffee after being up all night, but I encourage most people to reduce or cut coffee completely since it’s actually just not good in general.
I’ve been addicted to coffee since age 12, 2 cups a day. I drank 2 cups of weak coffee per day during my pregnancy and am continuing to drink 2 cups a day while breastfeeding. My baby is fine.. calm, sleeps like he should, gaining lots of weight and growing fast. He smiles loads, reaches for toys.. is generally happy. The caffeine doesn’t seem to have any affect on him.. his heartrate was also normal throughout my pregnancy and continues to be normal. I disagree that caffeine isn’t good for you.. in moderation, it’s fine. When I didn’t drink coffee, I used to faint frequently during school trips due to low blood pressure. I always drink 2-3 litres of water each day so dehydration isn’t an issue. I cut out caffeine once for one month to see if I’d feel healthier and I felt like crap every single day.. exhausted, faint, depressed.. I LOVE my coffee and you’ll never see me quit. That said, if my baby reacted badly to it, I would of course cut back/cut it out while breastfeeding, cos ultimately I love my baby more than my coffee. But if I can have both I will take both 🙂
Up to 200 mg/day has been considered safe for a long time. Coffee has never been off-limits, as far as I know.
I resent how this article makes it sound otherwise — it just feeds into the over-policing of pregnant women’s choices.
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