(2/05, 6/06, 6/08, 9/08 ) Due 5/11
Many are stored in your internal organs for months. So, honestly it is a good idea to eliminate what you can if you can.
Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!
Just my belief.
I intend to continue enjoying a glass of wine every week or two throughout my pregnancy, so take my opinion for what it is...
i usually drink wine with dinner (one or two small glasses), and i have one coffee and one green tea a day. i conceived my first 2 kids without even trying, and without changing my habits. i continued to drink my one coffee, but cut out alcohol completely during my pregnancies, both of which were easy, healthy & full-term (with healthy, normal-weight babies at the end).
now that i'm actively TTC for the first time ever, i've cut back a little on wine, but only in the 2WW. no change in my coffee/tea consumption.
my reasoning is that if these things didn't prevent me from conceiving (even too easily) the first two times, it won't be those that prevent it this time. both DH and i are older (DH is considerably older -- well into his 50s), so if the TTC doesn't work, that will probably be the reason. our attitude is that we're trying to enjoy the process, and i certainly don't want to cut out the few things that bring me great pleasure.
i have a very healthy lifestyle in terms of food, sleep & exercise, so i feel that i "compensate" in other ways. but i sincerely feel that coffee (which i drink black & unsweetened) and red wine also have health benefits...
I started today so as I type this I am sipping a glass of White Zin.
Other than that, I changed my diet so that I eat at home more instead of restaurants. And when I do go out, DH and I share everything so my calorie consumption has definately gone down. I take my prenatals and work out daily so atleast I'm getting myself healthy while TTC if nothing else.
(Yeah, you read that right. I can't eat chocolate. It sucks, but what can you do? )
Mama to Julian Matthew, born 5/10/2011
Hopeful for the next!
and his baby brother (7/2011)
Thrilled to be expecting Baby #2 after 15 months TTC (a 30% drop in TTC time than Baby #1!)
"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." Martin Luther
1. I will give them both up eventually (hopefully) and I didn't want to deal with caffeine withdrawl headaches (which were severe) on top of morning sickness and everything else.
2. I've read enough literature that suggests that both substances can negatively affect your fertility and chances of conceiving (I know, I know, lots of people get pregnant while drinking/doing drugs/whatever...but I don't have unlimited access to sperm, and want to optimize my chances). This makes sense to me...they have been proven to have negative impacts on human cells, cause disease, and have affects on hormones. While they are socially acceptable, they're still drugs. (Not saying I don't enjoy them both, but they are what they are.)
3. Obviously fetal alcohol syndrome is a concern, so I will not touch alcohol durring the pregnancy. Why take that chance for a drink or two?
4. Caffeine has been linked to higher miscarriage rates and other complications during pregnancy, so I won't touch that either during the pregnancy.
Honestly, now that the caffeine withdrawl is done with, I don't miss either that much. I'm having one last celebratory beer before our IUI next week, and then I'm done with both completetly.