(Closed) Is it ok to drink decaf coffee in my first trimester?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes, it is fine.


I’m also of the camp that caffeine during pregnancy is also fine – I’ve read the studies and they were not conclusive enough for me to completely stop caffeine.  But if it’s the caffeine you are concerned about, decaf is the way to go.


Post # 4
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I chose to avoid it because of the chemicals used to turn caffeinated coffee into decaf made me nervous. I waited until 2nd trimester and then had very limited regular coffee intake. But I don’t know where I read that and I can’t find it again, so I’m not sure how much evidence there is to support that. Maybe another direction to go with your research, though?

Here’s some info on it: http://www.livestrong.com/article/553320-is-ethyl-acetate-decaf-coffee-safe-during-pregnancy/

I think, like everything else, it’s about moderation and good sense. I’m sure a cup of coffee (decaf or regular) every once in awhile is fine. 

Post # 5
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

i think you will be just fine

Post # 6
572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I drank decaf throughout my first trimester and continue to do so, maybe 1-3 times a week. Baby is growing fine right now, and it has been a great way for me to relax and feel somewhat normal. 🙂

Post # 7
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not a daily coffee drinker, but I’ve had a cup of decaf a few times a week throughout my pregnancy, including the first trimester. Sometimes I even drink a cup of caffeinated tea (gasp!)

I’m not concerned at all.

Post # 8
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Decaf still has caffeine, just not nearly as much.

Caffeine is okay to consume in moderation while pregnant. There are a lot more dangerous things you should be avoiding (Like excess mercury in fish) than caffeine. Most doctors agree that 200-300 mG per day is an “acceptable” range. 4 grams of ground coffee will have 100 mg of caffeine.

Post # 9
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

As with most things in pregnancy, I think it’s fine in moderation but not in excess. Decaf still does have caffeine and some other chemicals in it, but I think it’s fine if you don’t go overboard and just stick to a reasonable amount. 

Post # 11
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just incase you didnt know…Tim Hortons decaf coffee uses the Swiss Water Decaf method which uses zero chemicals.  Both in merchandise bags and brewed in the store.

“for flavor-packed decaf, try our Swiss Water®* Decaffeinated Coffee, available in a 12oz bag. This patented Swiss Water method of 100% chemical-free coffee decaffeination provides a natural way to deliver that same great Tim Hortons quality without the caffeine.”

( iam a store manager for Tim Hortons)


Post # 12
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Yes, decaf is fine. In fact, caffeinated is fine in moderation.

I love coffee adn Darling Husband works at a Starbucks. I drank plenty of coffee, though less than before the pregnancy. My baby was huge and has since grown crazy fast and at 3 months old is bigger than a 97th percentile 6 month old boy. Her neurological development is on target. Granted it’s only been 3 months and this is my anecdote, not scientific information, but I think it’s safe to say that my caffeine consumption didn’t affect little Ginny at all.

Post # 13
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just love caffiene and starbucks and I’m dying without it, some days I just have to have a cup or two or I will die! UGH. 

@Miss Joker:  OMG amazing. I want some of this


Post # 14
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

i’m 12 weeks and I have caffeine once a week. I can’t just have nothing. 

Post # 15
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

From everything I’ve heard, including what my doctor said, you can have 200 mg of caffeine a day.

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