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#1 of 32 Old 05-19-2009, 05:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Convince me why it's bad mamas? Because otherwise I'll keep drinking my 2 (12-16 oz.) cups a day, unless morning sickness dictates otherwise as it did last time. I love my coffee!

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I never stopped coffee during my first pregnancy. My OB told no more than 2 cups a day. I did have a little more than that without negative outcomes. I have evening sickness though. I start my job @ 4 in the morning for 12 hours, not a chance I give up coffee. Especially in the exhausting first trimester. I don't make it as strong as usually. Should I stop by at Starbucks I ask for half decaf and half regular.
This has worked for me.
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I haven't seen anything that says to stop completely... even modest Health Canada just recommends no more than 300mg of caffeine a day... so about 2-3 cups of coffee...


 
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I drink a large cup in the morning. I don't think there's anything wrong with that

I mean if you're drinking a couple of pots a day you might have a few problems, but that amount I would not be concerned with at all

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Moved to the general pregnancy forum .

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Good. I have heard so many people say that they are giving up caffeine during pregnancy and I keep thinking "why?" I wasn't as into coffee during my first two pregnancies. And couldn't stand the smell of it during my 3rd. So far so good this time. I will continue to drink it unless my body dictates otherwise.

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Well I think it has to do with wanting to control as much as possible, when the reality is, drinking two cups of coffee a day is just not going to cause a miscarriage. If one has a miscarriage, it is simply not going to be accurate to say "It was my morning coffee" because the likelihood is, it's actually something gone wrong in the development, or severe, prolonged stress, or drug use (not that anyone here would be that daft) or a bleed, or something like that.

Getting all stressed out over cutting 1001 things out is probably a bad idea certainly worse than having a cup of coffee. I am pretty sure most medical people would agree

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Fwiw, the suggestion that 1-2 cups should be fine, is based on smaller cups, more like 5-6 oz. Two 12-16 oz cups daily would have me trying to cut that in half just to err on the side of caution.
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Convince me why it's bad mamas? Because otherwise I'll keep drinking my 2 (12-16 oz.) cups a day, unless morning sickness dictates otherwise as it did last time. I love my coffee!
2 cups a day is fine by most dr's, but you are drinking 4 x 8oz cups. One cup is 8 ounces, so when they recommend no more than 2 cups, they mean 8 ounce cups. You could also find out which coffees have less caffeine in them. I think the cheaper the brand, the higher the caffeine content. I'm sure googling that would come up with something more concrete!

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew..._name=&no_ads=

"It didn't matter what the beverage was; once the 200mg caffeine level was reached, the miscarriage rate increased, suggesting that caffeine is the culprit, rather than some chemical in coffee."

The article says 200mg is about 2-3 cups.

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Well many days I only have one cup (12-16 oz.) As for brand...I make my own. I buy organic high quality green coffee beans and roast them myself. So, no brand to google for caffeine content. And usually if I have a second cup, it's actually an iced mocha made with cold brewed coffee concentrate that has about 30% less caffeine than hot brewed coffee, and I probably only use about 4 oz. mixed with chocolate silk soymilk. So, I'm probably fine. I also have no history of natural miscarriage with 3 previous perfect pregnancies (had and IUD pregnancy and miscarriage, probably pretty unrelated to coffee intake.)

Thanks ladies for clearing this subject up for me! I appreciate it!

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Hi Alisha! I had been mostly off coffee for years before the first pg, because it affects me so strongly, it really throws my blood sugar off. But when pg the first time, I found I could drink a whole cup (about 8 ozs, with soymilk), and it didn't mess me up a bit! I guess just cause of the weight gain? As soon as dd was born, I was back to the old me, and if I drank coffee she would be up all night. Second pg no change, and even 2 chocolate covered espresso beans would keep both girls up all night. Go figure.
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The perinatologist I work with says that caffeine has been shown to increase the heart rate and respiration rate of the baby in utero, and therefore limits her patients to 1 five-ounce cup of caffeinated coffee a day. She does not usually cite concerns about miscarriage, especially after the 1st trimester.

I don't drink coffee anyway, though I love soda. During preg, I've had soda about 5 times total. My thought is just that I don't want baby to get stimulant drugs, which caffeine is, even if the effects aren't huge. I feel like the effect on heart and breathing is enough to concern me. but that's just my opinion.

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I never give up my coffee.

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I think everything is fine in moderation! I have a couple glasses of iced tea every day or maybe cola if my stomach is bothering me. I didn't want to touch coffee for the first two trimesters due to morning sickness and aversion, but I had a frapacino with a decaf shot of espresso (I don't know how they make espresso decaf!) the other day and it was heavenly. This thread is making me crave real coffee. I think I'll have some with breakfast this weekend

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Personally, I'm cutting WAAAAY back on it. I was having 2-3 cups of coffee and a diet coke per day while prego w/ DD when I ran into problems. They found at about 32 weeks that she had an arrhythmia (abnormal heart rate) and sent me to a Perinate. Although the anatomy of her heart was perfect, her rhythm was "off" (can't remember the medical terminology) and they said that the most common cause was excessive stimulants crossing the placenta. I wasn't using any illicit drugs (duh) and never took cold medications or the like, so we determined the only source must have been from my daily coffee and diet coke.

Thank God everything turned out ok, but I'm just not risking it this time around when I'm feeling fine without having it everyday. A cup or two every week is the max I'm drinking.

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I hear ya! For a normal pregnancy with no known issues, I don't see anything wrong with everything in moderation.

For a couple weeks I didn't drink much coffee, but just because I wasn't feeling well. Now I drink one cup (8 or 12 oz) and make any subsequent cups decaf. I also try to do lattes at home to get in some needed dairy. If I really want a soda while I'm out, I try to get something non-caffeine, just out of personal preference.

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I don't drink much coffee, but have to have my tea.

I personally think it is less likely to bother you at all if it is a normal thing for you. If you got pregnant and suddenly began drinking it in large quantities, I think it would affect you differently. But that is just MO.

It is like me and spicy foods. I have heard all the stories about how this or that is not good while pg or will start labor. And how you should avoid this or that. Like cyanne pepper. But since it is a regular part of my diet, I have never had large quantities bother me at all, and it has never put me into labor, no matter how much I have eaten.

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My midwife said I could drink a pot a day if I wanted too. But I know that for me that would be way to much. I personally don't handle more than two cups a day well. Last pg I did 1/2 regular 1/2 decaf and about 1-2 cups a day. I generally got decaf if I went to get a latte. This time I'll probably have one regular cup a day because that is what I've been doing just previous to this pg. I don't think 2 cups would be a problem, but I think most studies are based on 8 oz cups.
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I never give up my coffee.

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I think generally it's the miscarriage risk. I was willing to take a small risk and at the same time I did cut back from the large amt I was drinking. For most of my pregnancy, I found it extremely hard to give it up entirely. I think part of that was the nausea that lasted until the third trimester. The caffeine helped it.

I finally gave it up, not because of any supposed risks, but because I don't want to be hooked on it after the baby comes. I want her to sleep when she needs to sleep and not wonder if I am altering her natural schedule with caffeine in my system.

I guess what I am trying to say, is I am more concerned with being addicted to it than anything else. That said, I am sure I will go back to coffee again eventually. I always do.

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I don't tend to want it much in the first trimester, and then afterwards stick to 1/2-1 cup a day.

As for wondering about the effect on nurslings, I was worried about my coffee habit with my nursing toddler until I got pg, cut it out completely, and she doesn't sleep any differently at all. I think I just wasn't blessed with a good sleeper.

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This isn't a link to a study but to an article based on one, but still: Coffee Raises Miscarriage Risk It specifically mentions the first 12 weeks, the time when miscarriages are most likely to occur. Given that, I would tend to abstain - but then, that's easy for me to say, as I don't like coffee (or Coke, or tea, or energy drinks!).

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I have tried to give up my coffee during pregnancy and I can't not the whole nine-ten months anyway, I can do the first trimester maybe but I do cut back alot or switch to half caf so I can have the amount I am used to.
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I felt fine having one (large) cup of coffee/day. Since week 6, though, I've been feeling too crummy for it.
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Well, I desperately wanted another cup this afternoon (after my 16 oz. morning cup, and an iced mocha in the afternoon) but I did not cave. Normally I would have, even though I mostly stick to only 2 coffee drinks a day. When I'm extra tired, maybe once a week I'll have another cup later in the day. But I did not cave today.

I think I'll try roasting some decaf so that I can do half/half on the days I want more.

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It's interesting that the big concern is miscarriage. I'd never been told that. I was told to restrict caffeine, because it causes prematurity and low birth weight babies. Since my last one was 10lb. 14oz, and went a couple weeks post-dates - and the one before that was 10lb. 8oz and 41w, 5d, I don't worry about it much.

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DH and I have a coffee shop and I would normally drink 2-4 cups each day. I miscarried in November and FWIW decided that the risk was enough that I cut back when TTC again. I know a lot of women miscarry (like 1 in 4 or 5), but I didn't want to push my luck, and do what was within my power to better my odds. I'm not one to believe everything I read, but some of these studies are compelling enough to sway me.

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There was a recent study that showed a link between caffeine consumption during pregnancy and learning disabilities, let me see if I can find a link.
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Hmmm...interesting. Well, I will try to keep it to just 1 or 2 large cups a day, but unless morning sickness dictates otherwise, I do think I'll keep drinking it.

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