Where are you at with caffeine, in theory and in practice?
I understand that it may increase risk of miscarriage, at least in the first trimester. When I was pregnant with my son, though, my blood pressure got LOWER every month until I started fainting in the 5th month, and my primary care doctor advised me to resume drinking coffee up to 2 cups a day; it helped a lot.
When not pregnant, I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day, sometimes more. I'm the data manager for a research study, so my work is all about focusing on details and requires high alertness. Also, I like coffee!
In my first pregnancy, I felt I "should" give up caffeine but wasn't sure how I was going to do it. In my 6th week we vacationed in a place where the water tastes horrible (minerals) and I could taste it in everything made with the water but found it especially disgusting in coffee, so I drank mostly bottled orange juice and was able to sleep late. When we got home, I found I could function without caffeine--although I was napping a lot because I was so exhausted and my boss had given me total flextime--so I did until the 5th month as mentioned above. I don't remember feeling distaste for coffee made with normal water; I just didn't need it.
My second pregnancy ended after 7 weeks. In the 3rd week, suddenly coffee smelled absolutely repulsive to me; the aroma of brewing coffee made me feel like the room was filling with poison gas!! I pass 2 Starbucks on my way to work, and I would go by them turning my head and dry-heaving. So of course I quit coffee immediately, and I found that I had a strange energy that kept me alert through the day.
This time, what made me decide to test was that my first whiff of that day's brewing coffee had that poison smell--but since then I've reacted less strongly; coffee isn't any more repulsive to me than other strong smells. I didn't drink any for a few days, but then I had a headache and tried a half-cup, and not only did it make my head better, it made me feel much better overall. So now I'm having a half-cup a day, with sugar so the bitterness doesn't bother me. If I don't feel like drinking it in the morning because I'm too queasy, I have it later. That strange energy like last time is with me again, but there are times when it runs out or hasn't started for the day yet, and coffee helps.
Just wondering what everyone else's experiences have been so far....