CAFFEINE! It’s something that the majority of our population relies on for staying alert and to keep going throughout the day. Suddenly, you find out you’re pregnant: what to do?
Most experts say that 1 cup of coffee each day is ok – but drink responsibly!
Here are the risks:
- Caffeine slightly increases your blood pressure and heart rate.
- It is a stimulant and it can cross over the placenta to the baby.
- Some studies have shown that it can increase your baby’s heart rate and affect his/her breathing patterns.
- But do these things hurt that baby? The answer is unclear.
- Some studies have linked high caffeine consumption with: higher risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and other problems.
Bottom line limit your caffeine consumption to 200 mg/day.
Here are some examples:
- Tall Starbucks coffee: 250 mg
- Grande Starbucks iced coffee: 190 mg
- 8 oz generic brewed coffee: 95 mg
- Grande Starbucks cappuccino: 150 mg
- Grande Starbucks Tazo Green Tea Latte: 80 mg
- 8 oz brewed black tea: 47 mg
- 12 oz Mountain Dew: 71 mg
- 12 oz Diet Coke: 47 mg
- 12 oz Pepsi: 38 mg
- 12 oz Coke: 35 mg
Skip all Energy Drinks! These are usually loaded with caffeine. Also be mindful of chocolate which contains caffeine.
- If you can’t live without your morning cup of joe, always choose the smallest size and only have one each day!
- If you can tolerate half caf/half decaf that’s a great option too.
- For those who can try switching over to decaf.
- When it comes to tea, stick with decaf if you are drinking a cup of coffee in the morning. If you don’t drink coffee or are drinking decaf you can have a cup of caffeinated tea but be mindful of how much you sip throughout the day.
How I’ve Handled Caffeine:
- When we first started trying to get pregnant, I decided to cut back on my caffeine consumption (we make strong french press coffee). So I made myself half caf/half decaf.
- Once I become pregnant the half caf/half decaf made me sort of nauseous and I had no taste for coffee! I slowly gave it up.
- Now it doesn’t make me nauseous anymore, and I really enjoy coffee so I save it for when I’m really in the mood and get a decaf misto from Starbucks (if I’m really tired sometimes I tell them to use a little caffeinated coffee with most decaf). Or I get a decaf latte to help fulfill my calcium needs for the day.
Did you give up caffeine during your pregnancy?