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post #21 of 44
I was really glad to read this thread. I am only 4w3d along and immediately cut back from 1-2 cups in the morning to 1/2 a cup. I really would like to drink just 1 cup with breakfast. I don't see my doc until next Wednesday so this makes me feel much better in the meantime.
post #22 of 44
Now can we just spread the word about this? I stopped to get a mocha on my way to work yesterday and the woman making it said, "You want it decaf, right?", which made me feel guilty when I said "no"!!
post #23 of 44
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Originally Posted by Grace24 View Post
From americanpregnancy.org:

Myth: A pregnant woman should not consume ANY caffeine.

Fact: Experts and studies have stated that "moderate" levels of caffeine have not been found to have a negative effect on pregnancy. The definition of "moderate" varies anywhere from 150 mg - 300 mg a day.



I've seen that number a lot... should be ok if you keep it under 300 mg.
2 shots at 77mg is 154mg, still moderate. I usually just have 1 shot so that's not too bad at all. I used to be a big coffee drinker, but realized that i would have lots of energy and then crash so I quit. I had to quit cold turkey for a month or I would just get back into the habit. Now it's a treat once a week. I also found out that it can be linked to infertility, and this bean took a long time to come about so I was motivated to quit while TTC.

My naturopath said no coffee, chocolate, anything. I'm sure that is better but a girl's got to have some vices.

g.
post #24 of 44
The thing I've been wondering about caffeine is if/how it might affect the baby after birth?

With my first pg, I had NO caffeine until I was about 32 weeks, then I had a cup of coffee every other day or so, as needed for constipation. After ds was born, I resumed my usual habit (which was no more than a couple cups/day, some days I'd not have any at all--I've always been that way) and ds never seemed to be affecting by the caffeine through my breastmilk.

My second pregnancy, I had a cup every other day or so throughout. After dd was born, I was somewhat more stressed (due to our living situation) and started drinking it regularly--at least 2 cups/day. Still, never really noticed it affecting her. In fact, she was really pretty good at sleeping, and a very calm, patient infant (not so much now, at 3.5! ).

So, during pg #3, I was determined to improve my health in every aspect, and I used no caffeine whatsoever. Not even at the end--I found other ways to combat the constipation (none as effective as coffee, though!). After ds2 was born, I tried to stick with it, but gave up. And regretted it big time--he seemed very affected by it--irritable, fussy, acted like his tummy hurt, had trouble sleeping soundly, lots of 2am screaming fests, etc.

But ONLY when i'd had caffeine that day! On days when I had none, he was always the sweetest, happiest, most pleasant and sound-sleeping of all my babies! Once I figured out the connection, we never had another problem (well, HE didn't, anyway! ). In fact, i had to wake him to nurse him nearly every single night! I stopped night-waking him at about a year, and he was night-weaned just like that--not because I did anything, but because he was sleeping through. So, it's not that he was just a fussy, colicky sort of baby--it was definitely the caffeine.

So, I wonder....why the difference? Is that just the way he is hard-wired, and nothing to do with my choices during pg, or did my caffeine consumption (even though it was mild-moderate) during the other pregnancies somehow desensitize the others to it's effects?

Anyone else had any experience like this? Any thoughts?
post #25 of 44
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Now can we just spread the word about this? I stopped to get a mocha on my way to work yesterday and the woman making it said, "You want it decaf, right?", which made me feel guilty when I said "no"!!
No kidding. When I was pregnant with DS, the barista at Starbucks very sincerely said, "Should you be drinking this...?" to which I replied, "Should you be offering medical advice...?" The poor boy was quite embarrassed and apologetic, though.
post #26 of 44
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Originally Posted by gottaknit View Post
No kidding. When I was pregnant with DS, the barista at Starbucks very sincerely said, "Should you be drinking this...?" to which I replied, "Should you be offering medical advice...?" The poor boy was quite embarrassed and apologetic, though.

I love your response!! That's classic!

I know I get looks at the coffee shop, too. Whatevah!

SheBear - a friend told me once that there was that connection, but I've yet to see actual solid evidence.....maybe we should all be drinking more.....: just kidding!

g.
post #27 of 44
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Originally Posted by Grace24 View Post
Just be careful at places like Starbucks because they put a lot of caffeine in their drinks, and what they mean by one cup of coffee in those studies is 150 mg of caffeine (I think)... and a Starbucks coffee has more than that, if I recall correctly. (Which I may not )
Not really true. They don't "put" caffeine in coffee. Caffeine is in it naturally. Coca cola "puts" caffeine in Coke. They might extract a little more caffeine by their roasting or brewing methods. But, unless you're ordering a venti, I don't think it is much to worry about!

SBUX Web site actually lists the caffeine content of all of its drinks, you can check out their mg. on line.

Coffee is fine in moderation. It *is* wonderful to keep away the constipation, perhaps because it actually contains fiber, who knew!? (New study showed it contains fiber!)

And with no self interest motivation at all may I suggest a nice Costa Rican Tarrazu :
post #28 of 44
I've seen studies that say up to 300 mg a day is safe, which is quite a few home-brewed cups (usually 6-8 oz. of drip coffee) or a dozen 8 oz. cups of tea or 2 16 oz. espresso drinks like lattes or mochas. And the risk is only in the first trimester, anyway. When we went to Miami when I was pregnant with Andy, I drank cafe con leche every time we went out and he would go NUTS in there, doing his own little polka or something,
post #29 of 44
That could well be genetic, the variation, but I'll use it as another excuse to drink caffeine now anyway.

I am a much happier pregnant woman when I have my medium cappuccino extra-dry from Borders in the morning.
post #30 of 44
I drink coffee too. however, the only 'bad thing' i've read about it is that it (coffee specifically) leaches minerals and washes them out of your body - so maybe consider doing the calcium & other mineral supplement[s] at a different time of the day than the coffee...
post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by gottaknit View Post
No kidding. When I was pregnant with DS, the barista at Starbucks very sincerely said, "Should you be drinking this...?" to which I replied, "Should you be offering medical advice...?" The poor boy was quite embarrassed and apologetic, though.
Great response! I haven't gotten looks yet-but know I will soon. The belly is starting to get really obvious!
post #32 of 44
I quit drinking coffee when I was pregnant with DS which was really hard because I was a barista at the time so it was EVERYWHERE! but I was really paranoid having suffered a miscarriage with my first.

I dont think the caffeine is bad for the babe in moderation but I do have to worry when the mama's would get 3 shots extra caramel with chocolate milk. I think the sugar could be troublesome.
post #33 of 44
Most shots are an ounce (I was a barista in a former life too). So if you are ordering a grande latte - that is 16 ounces of drink - 2 of those ounces are made up of shots. Its a good way to get your calcium in if you need the milk.

This thread is making me really happy too. Before finding out I was pregnant I was up to 4 cups of tea a day. Right now I'm having about a half a cup a tea every couple days but water is tasting funny. I've cut back because I read about how tea and coffee can be a substitute for meals and until I start eating enough - or well enough - I don't want to make myself full with tea. I'm just not hungry right now but it is still really early yet, I'm sure that will come. At least then I can go back to having one real cup of tea a day - it's my only vice!
post #34 of 44
Ok so they don't "put" caffeine in their coffee, but however they do it, does anyone else find Starbuck's coffee to be really really strong? I can't even drink the stuff. Is it the way it's brewed? Seriously, it's like motor oil. I love their other drinks, but haven't had their rfegular coffee in years. I think it would give me a heart attack.

It's a really good thing no-one's commented about my coffee to me, cuz it wouldn't be pretty...I love the PP's response to the coffee shop guy. That's great. It's tiring being told how to be pregnant, isn't it?

After I read this thread and found all that information about the amount of caffeine in Starbuck's, I made DH take me there... but by that time I was so thirsty all I could do was suck down a lot of water. sigh maybe tomorrow...
post #35 of 44
I have to get a quad grande at Starbucks to taste it much. I was up to a 6 shot Venti before I got pregnant. But that was cutting back from Red Bulls, pills, and those refrigerated Starbucks Double shot things in college. I was a major addict, but somehow I was calm and slept like a baby at 11 every night.
I also always drink my drip coffee black unless there is quality cream available. I don't do reg milk or half and half in my coffee.

I quit cold turkey for the first trimester and was miserable. Now I just have a two shot latte everyday. I miss my quads and americanos

(You think I'm bad. My DH gets a Venti red eye w/ a dash of cold soy)
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by Grace24 View Post
Ok so they don't "put" caffeine in their coffee, but however they do it, does anyone else find Starbuck's coffee to be really really strong?
Well, they don't call 'em Charbucks for nuthin'. The roast their coffee rather dark. Somebody from their agronomy office here in Costa Rica visited our farm the other day and gave my husband a bag of their Latin American blend, supposedly a medium roast. We can't even prepare it in the French press because it's too dark. So, I use it for the cappuccino pot!

Their coffee tastes very strong, but dark roast/strong brew doesn't necessarily = more caffeine. Sometimes it does, but not always. A shot of espresso tastes much stronger than a drip brew black coffee, but does not contain more caffeine.
post #37 of 44
The strong flavor at Starbucks also comes from putting the proper amount of grounds per cup (2T). Most people don't put nearly that much in. Like the last poster said, a stronger brew does not mean more caffeine.
post #38 of 44
Apparently the lighter roasts contain more caffeine - at least, that is what they told us when I worked there. The darker roast taste, well, darker but since they are roasted longer they have less caffeine. However, I think the differences were rather negligible - it's mostly a taste thing. Oddly enough, I have never been a coffee drinker, I can't stand it and it makes me feel like I am having an anxiety attack. I think I'm just sensitive, but a cup of tea seems to be okay (too many and I get jumpy). I'm in my first trimester so I am trying to cut back to the thought of having something help with the constipation is Really Appealing!
post #39 of 44
Does anyone know: Does (water processed) Decaf have the same laxative effects? I'm assuming its something other than caffeine that does that but maybe I'm wrong...?

I cut back on caffeine before I found out I was pg, actually, just because I felt like it was making me a little crazy! I love coffee, though, so indulge in good decaf as often as I can. If it will help with the constipation, I might up my consumption!

My only caffeine indulgence now is a little chocolate everyday. Because that's good for you, right?!
post #40 of 44
I don't know for sure, but even decaf (or half-caf) seems to help with the constipation somewhat--at least for me. Not as quickly, perhaps, but it does seem to have some effect. I just prefer the taste (and the pick-me-up!) of the real stuff! But, my BIL has heart problems and absolutely can't have the regular caffeinated stuff. When I visited them toward the end of my second pg, I drank decaf and it seemed to help.
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