Post # 1
Good morning bees,
I am writing this as I drink my third cup of coffee for the day (not pregnant yet). Do any of you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages while pregnant? Did anyone have trouble cutting back once you were expecting? I drink 3-4 cups of coffee per day, but know I will have to cut back when I get my BFP! Darling Husband and I are currently NTNP. I always heard that pregnant mamas can drink ~1 cup/day, but recently my OBGYN told me that new studies show that up to 3 cups of coffee per day has shown to be safe, and that >3 cups is when you start to see premature labor, low birth weight, etc. This was awesome news to me!! Until Darling Husband told me he doesn’t want me to push it to 3 cups a day, and when we are pregnant he wants me to limit it to just 1 cup. I am afraid I am going to have mega caffeine withdrawal headaches.
Wondering other people’s opinions, experiences, advice from other OBGYNs? I don’t know how I am going to survive without my coffee…I should probably start weaning myself down now…
Post # 3
@jbbird: My OB told me the same as yours. I believe its safe. I, however, am not a big coffee drinker, so I have only two a week and that does it for me 🙂
Post # 4
It depends how large your “cup” is and what kind of coffee it is. If you are having large Starbucks dark roast, then no 3 is not going to be safe. If you are having 8oz of a houseblend, 3 would likely be fine. You want to stay at or under 200ml of caffiene a day (I believe). A cup of caffienated coffee can have from 60 to 300 depending on size and blend. Just choose carefully and maybe since 1 or 2 of your daily cups to decaf?
Post # 5
I drank 1 cup a day and stopped when I found out I was pregnant. I haven’t really missed it, so it’s not a big deal to me to continue to avoid it, even though I know that the studies show the amount I was drinking was safe.
Post # 6
I’m a 12 oz in the morning girl and sometimes a second in the afternoon. Actual OB opniions on caffeine intake are varied, “technically” 200mg per day is considered safe. My OB prefers zero, 8 oz max. I am ignoring her because I believe that is her own personal opinion, and my best friend’s OB in the same clinic things 16 oz is ok. So it depends on the Dr.
I hvae drank my 12 oz drip since I found out I was pregnant. Sometimes I have a small second cup or a diet coke later in the day if I’m struggling, going over the 200 mg once in awhile isn’t going to hurt.
This is a good resource for caffeine levels
Post # 7
if you decide to listen to your Husband and cut back to one, start cutting back now. It’s better to get those headaches prior to pregnancy than during, with all of the other symptoms you will be having.
I don’t drink coffee or caffeine so it was never a problem to me. But I know a lot of the bees have continued to drink coffee regularly.
Post # 8
@jbbird: I tried to completely cut out caffeine when I got pregnant, but that just made me feel miserable. Now I try to drink only 1-2 caffeinated drinks per day. If I have more than one cup of coffee (which is rare) I will drink water for the rest of the day. If I didn’t have much coffee in the morning or if I drank decaf (or half-caf) I’ll let myself have a can of diet soda in the evening. I feel pretty safe with it, I don’t think it’s harming my baby. With everything else I had to give up during pregnancy, this helps me feel semi-human still 🙂
Post # 9
@jbbird: 200 mg of caffeine is the standard I believe. Personally, I try to avoid caffeine (and even decaf coffee/soda) as much as possible during my pregnancy and just drink water instead. I have some coffee or soda every now and then, but for me I like to limit it.
I’d try to start cutting back now if that’s what you’re going to do. Caffeine withdrawal is the worstttttt. I can’t imagine dealing with the headaches while also feeling like dirt in the first trimester.
Post # 10
Mine says 110mg of caffiene per day.
So if you drink decaf (which is reduced caffiene, not actually caffiene free), you could conceivably have 3 cups a day!
If you drink instant decaf (which is caffiene free), you can have as much as you want!
Post # 11
First of all, the amount in a “cup” of coffee varies widely. My Darling Husband has a mug that must be at least 20 oz, and he claims that he only drinks one cup of coffee a day. The amount of caffeine in coffee also varies based on where you get it. Starbucks has a much higher concentration of caffeine than McDonalds for instance (330 mg vs 206 mg for a 16 oz).
I’ve always read to limit your caffeine intake to less than 200 mg/day while pregnant, so that’s less than 1 16 oz starbucks.
For me, it was very easy to cut back on my coffee intake because after I got my BFP, the smell and taste of coffee became horrific and it made me gag. However, I did pick up a bit of a coca-cola habit because it helped settle my stomach. But a 12 oz coke only has 40 mg of caffeine, so it wasn’t a big deal.
Post # 12
@jbbird: I was told that it prevents you getting pregnant and can cause mc in early pregnancy. I cut back from 2-3 to one a day for one and then stopped completely when I was TTC. My Darling Husband also quit anything with caffeine in it when TTC. I don’t think it’s worth taking any chances, personally.
Post # 13
I used to drink a cup of coffee in the morning and sometimes one in the afternoon, but I stopped as soon as I found out I was pregnant. My philosophy is – I don’t want to have to worry about small amounts of caffeine in things like chocolate or a can of Pepsi every now and then adding up to put me over the 200 mg mark, so I have stopped drinking coffee and tea and drink soda very sparingly.
Giving up iced tea was the toughest part for me – we keep a pitcher of unsweetened iced tea in the fridge and that’s pretty much all I ever drank before pregnancy. Now I either our Sodastream to make seltzer or add lemon slices to ice water.
Post # 14
Thank you all for your advice! I definitely agree I should start weaning myself down now rather than get those withdrawal headaches in early pregnancy. @phoebephoebo thank you for that info – I had never heard it could make getting pregnant more difficult or cause mc in early pregnancy. That definitely makes it worth cutting down or out!!
Post # 15
I drink one a day through both my pregnancies, (one homebrewed mug). I normally drink about 2-3 a day when I’m not pregnant, my OB said it was perfectly fine.
Post # 16
@jbbird: I was a huge tea drinker, Earl Grey was my tipple of choice. I would drink around 6 cups a day along with a latte from a deli on my way to work in the morning. I stopped the day I got my BFP and it hasn’t been too bad. My OB/Ministry of Health recommends 200mg caffine a day is fine and says up to 6 cups of tea a day is safe, but I figured I could cut it out. I’ve probably had 3 cups of tea so far (I’m 9w) but to be honest I haven’t missed the caffine too much. Probably just the feeling of having a hot cup of something in my hand!