(Closed) Moms and Moms-to-be and bees TTC! How do you survive without caffeine?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Starbucks can make almost anything decaf. I ordered fancy decaf drinks to trick my brain into thinking I was drinking real coffee.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I personally just cut back my caffiene intake a ton. Every now and then I allow myself a caffenated soda as a little pick me up. You may get better suggestions if we know what exactly it is you’re missing (soda, coffee, tea?) If its soda I’ve been getting by with rootbeer, sprite, and orange soda. If its coffee maybe decaf or hot chocolate would be better? Same with tea… Good Luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I drank rootbeer when I was pregnant and caffeine is alright in moderation. I had one Dr. Pepper a month while I was pregnant because I wanted caffeine. My Ob told me that was alright as long as I didn’t do it all the time. It doesn’t hurt the baby if you have just a little. There are soda’s that are caffeine free and like snmcdowell said, you can get decaf coffee.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a  very healthy little girl.  I didn’t stop drinking coffee when pregnant.  I drank no more than one a day and sometimes less, which is my normal consumption anyway.  And drank lots of water.

Of course, I was low blood pressure and coffee is actually not bad for that – it even helps a bit.  But if you have a tendency towards high blood pressure you shouldn’t drink coffee.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have never been pregnant or been TTC so I don’t know if my advice helps.

But I can’t have caffeine on certain days because of my job.  Coffee makes my hands shake so I can’t drink it if I have experiments to do. My experiments require me to keep my hand very steady.

What I do on days where I can’t have caffeine is I eat a lot of snacks.  Candy, pepperidge farm gold fish, fruit snacks, snickers bars, etc.   It usually keeps me going because my body is getting the sugar it needs. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I am only drinking green tea (which some say aids conception) and decaf coffee.  And I don’t have either every day.  I have already noticed a huge effect when I have just a little caffeine…major caffeine buzz.  Especially off of decaf Starbucks (which has some caffeine still).

I think the hardest thing is not having enough choices…If I go to a bar with my husband and I’m not drinking then there’s only water or NA beer (or juice which I don’t typically drink because it’s so sugary).  I guess I’m still trying to figure it out!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Like others have mentioned, I drank rootbeer a lot while pregnant. However, once I hit my third trimester, I allowed myself one can of soda a day, but no more.

I mostly just tried my best to have something with flavor. I did drink water, but I hate it, so it helped to have something else that was sweet.

Also, this isn’t drink related, but I bought a bag of Hershey’s Kisses and allowed myself a few a day when I wanted a chocolate boost. That way I wasn’t overdoing it, but I still got the chocolate I wanted. I craved sugar after every meal, and especially chocolate, so having a Hershey’s Kiss wasn’t that bad.

I think it’s really all about moderation, as others have mentioned.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I read in a magazine last month that the pediatrics association (or association of pediatricians, something of that nature) has relinquished the “ban” on caffeine and now says 200 or 250 mg a day is fine so there’s no need to give up your daily cup. But, that’s only one cup. I’ve been looking for the proof but i can’t seem to locate the article. i literally scanned it in my doctor’s office, did a little happy dance, and moved on. 

@superstitions, isn’t root beer caffeine free? are you supposed to limit non-caffeinated sodas also?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi! @ejs4y8 is right… 250 mg of caffeine a day is generally acceptable. 

I cut down from 2 cups of coffee a day to now MUCH less than that by drinking half-caf.  My husband sweetly went on board with that one.  At the beginning of my pregnancy (and TTC), I would have about half a cup of half-caf, and the rest of the cup filled with milk.  It was more like a latte or a cafe au lait, but gave me the taste of coffee I wanted.

Now I’ve switched to tea, which has less caffeine than coffee.  I allow myself one cup of that per day.  I steep it for just a little less time.

You have to do what you are comfortable with, and limiting caffeine or cutting it out completely are going to only be beneficial to you.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ejs4y8: rootbeer is caffeine free but you are supposed to limit SUGAR as well. That’s why she cut back. Some people don’t and have healthy children but if you have too much it can harm them.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@bride21, ah, gotcha, thanks for clarifying. i didn’t think about the sugar in sodas because i drink diet only occassionally

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ejs4y8: Your welcome. I love being helpful.

Diet is a no-no for pregnancy too. Something in diet soda is bad on the baby. My OB told me I could have caffeine occasionally but absolutly NO diet. I know you didn’t say you drank it while pregnant so this is just an FYI for everyone out who will read this.

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