(Closed) coffee + pregnancy?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4574 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
1775 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
12259 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

First of all, the amount in a “cup” of coffee varies widely. My DH 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
2641 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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 DH also quit anything with caffeine in it when TTC. I don’t think it’s worth taking any chances,  personally. 

Post # 13
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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 # 15
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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
880 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@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!

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