Is anyone else a caffeine addict?! I go through almost a pot of coffee... a day. I don't know how well cutting my coffee out is going to go. Any tips from someone who may have gone through this before?
Awesome on going cold turkey, that must have been tough!
I'm not sure if I can go cold turkey, just because I work early morning-early evening at my daycare, I just -can't- be burnt out *sigh* I'm going to research any natural(or better than a pot of coffee a day...) perk-ups that are safe while pregnant :)
I was drinking 2-3 cups a day, and now I just have one cup every morning. My chiropractor said caffeine molecules are large and don't get through the placenta like alcohol does, and that caffeine is pretty safe. I trust her judgement and I know if I totally quit caffeine, I'll have a migraine for days and I absolutely could not function. So, I'm sticking with a cup every morning. I'm tired anyway, but that'll change soon enough I hope! I agree with PP about drinking water. Also, maybe a little exercise/a walk/yoga would probably give you some energy, too.
I am not a big coffee drinker but in both my previous pregnancies I went off it completely in the first tri because it made me sick. However, weirdly enough in the 2nd and 3rd tris I have to drink it more regularly than I usually do (one cup/day) in order to prevent hormonal migraines. Weird, right?
As resident student midwife I can say that a bit of coffee in the first tri is ok but I would try to keep it to 2 cups. Miscarriage risks go up ever so slightly once you get past that. That being said, if your body is used to a certain amount of caffeine common sense would dictate that effects how much you can tolerate even in pregnancy; still personally I'd prefer to err on the side of caution if it is doable for you.
Last time around i quit cold turkey and was camped out on the couch for days with withdrawal, headaches, etc. But after that, I was fine. This time, my DH was weaning me onto decaf, but I got a bad head cold and went two days without coffee. I figure since my DD and I are on spending much of our day playing in bed or on the couch (we are both sick) I might as well get it all out of the way at the same time! Sinus headache, caffeine withdrawal, and morning sickness?!?! I was at about 3 cups a day and the occasional expresso drink. I will not, however, be giving up chocolate. Feeling almost human today! We might even leave the house.