I think the general consensus is that the effects of caffeine are likely overblown, and that in moderate amounts it should not be an issue. At least that's my feeling about it. I'm less nauseous now, so I'm back to a cup in the morning (or if it's Starbucks etc, a half-caf), and that's definitely moderate for me. I think your body sort of self regulates some things, like caffeine and alcohol - this is JUST my theory, and certainly not an endorsement of any activities for other people, but for me, I would not feel good physically if I had more caffeine than that while pregnant, even though when not pregnant I can swill back the equivalent of about 5 espresso shots with very little trouble. Likewise, when not pregnant, I have a pretty high alcohol tolerance and could probably drink 3-4 beers without much difficulty, whereas if I drink more than the equivalent of about half a beer (slowly) when pregnant (so less than half a glass of wine, with food) my legs feel all weird and I physically feel unwell. It seems to diminish toward the end of the pregnancy, when I have been known to have a nice glass of red wine now and then...like in week 42 when I just want that baby out!!!) I have heard of other people having similar experiences. So eat your chocolate Everything in moderation (except sometimes ice cream...sometimes that is hard to moderate!)
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The amount of caffeine needed to even slightly increase miscarriage risk is pretty high. You're very unlikely to reach that point from eating chocolate, especially if it's milk chocolate or cookies or something, and not high percentage dark chocolate. Specifically, increased risk of miscarriage was seen with over 200mg of caffeine a day. 1 oz. of dark chocolate has 12mg.
good to know @ocelotmom , that's basically what, four cups of caffinated coffee? And totally, enjoy some chocolate. Baby will thank you. I can't have much chocolate after about 20 weeks because both previous babies would do backflips of happiness afterwards and it got very uncomfortable. Or kick or dance or whatev.
I cut WAY back, I was drinking too much coffee before. I don't like the idea of a developing embryo being affected by caffeine. The first week sucked but now I am fine without it. I am drinking roiboos with cream and it's almost as good ;) I am not worrying about the little bits in chocolate or other foods, just trying not to drink coffee and tea.
Starbucks coffee as brewed at Starbucks has WAAAAYY more caffeine than most others. That's one reason I never drink Starbucks if there is any other coffee available--it's just too jarring.
I am drinking about 1/2 to 1 cup of normal coffee per day almost every day now (11 weeks). This morning I was very very tired but could not stomach the idea of coffee and wound up spending the entire morning (almost 3 hours) asleep on my office floor! I'm sure I needed the rest to grow my baby--and I'm glad I made it to work, because my partner is finishing up a project where he needs to use the power sander, so if I'd been napping at home he would've been resenting that he couldn't finish--but I feel bad about not working (and here I am taking another break...because I just threw up and am feeling sorry for myself) and the floor is really hard so I've got sore spots now. I'm amazed I managed to sleep so long. Anyway, I got coffee after lunch, and I feel adequately alert now. I finished it more than an hour ago, so I don't think it's what made me throw up.
@EnviroBecca , I did not know that about starbucks coffee. I have been drinking decaf tea alot lately but today I am going to treat myself to a small decaf egg nogg latte. And I am not going to feel guilty about it. Nope. I've already been lectured about how I should really be eating raw liver. No. Longer. Care.