Is 2 cups of decaf coffee ok in first trimester?

posted 5 months ago in Pregnancy
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Worker bee

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@stephy1872:  I love decaf even prior to pregnancy my OB said a cup a day was perfectly fine. Then all of sudden all I wanted were lattes cravings weren’t getting satisfied with decaf I asked my OB he said it was fine just keep to a 1 cup minimum. So I had my latte whenever I was craving it which was about every other day. I had a healthy stress free twin pregnancy! Never a single issue during the pregnancy. Cold cuts was another one, one day I wanted an Italian sub so bad! I called and he said put the cold cut meats in the microwave for 30 secs and you’re good to go. Instead of going crazy on google I would just ask him made me feel better getting the ok from my OB. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I think even more than 2 cups of decaf would be fine. It’s 200mg of caffeine per day so even 2 normal cups would be fine! 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My RE said that two caffeinated beverages a day are fine so decaf wouldn’t be an issue.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

35 weeks I drink just regular coffee, my OB said that up to 2 cups a day is perfectly fine 

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Buzzing bee

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@dt2413:  This.  I have a cup of regular coffee every morning and every now and then I have a Diet Coke later in the day.

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Busy bee

Two cups of REGULAR coffee would be fine in the first trimester–and after– (source, have researched this a fair amount, am currently pregnant.) Decaf is, by extension, more than fine. 

Try reading Emily Oster’s book, “Expecting Better” and then look up some more recent studies if you want to know more. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

Why would you limit decaf? I think you’re good with any number of cups. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I would drink 5 cups of decaf some days lol. That’s why I do decaf! So I don’t have to limit myself. I did the math out once and you’d need some absurd amount of decaf to hit your 200mg limit. Enjoy your coffee! 

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Busy bee

I drank regular coffee both my pregnancies. One cup, and on some days two. I second Emily Oster’s book. Pregnancy is tough enough without the needless caffeine deprivation. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I drank regular two cups a day 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@stephy1872:  You can have up to 200 mg of caffeine per day. According to google an average cup of decaf contains 7 mg of caffeine, which is a tiny fraction of the amount of caffeine that an average cup of caffeinated coffee contains (100 mg).

So you are more than fine drinking as much decaf as you could reasonably want. But you could also drink up to 2 cups of caffeinated coffee if that’s your preference.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Thirding Emily Oster’s book Expecting Better! (Also Cribsheet for when baby is here.) Great way to ease anxiety about a lot of things relating to pregnancy and babies!

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