Just my .02 cents....
Caffeine leaches calcium from your bones.
That's why I won't drink it. (I want to, mind you, be like everybody else around me and enjoy a good cup of Starbucks... but this is one of those things I won't do.) My DH
used to drink coffee everyday. When he used to buy a tall cup of coffee, I used to inhale it just for the pleasure of it! But he stopped recently
because he was feeling weak and a natural health practioner suggested it.
drinking soda. It makes me bloated and gassy. So that's easy for me.
|Although controversial, too much caffeine could increase the possibility of osteoporosis later in life. Since caffeine is a diuretic, it can increase calcium loss in the urine. For every 150 milligrams of caffeine (found in approximately one 8-ounce cup of coffee or two to three 12-ounce cans of caffeinated soda), approximately five milligrams of calcium is excreted out in the urine. This loss can add up and could be detrimental for your bones, particularly if your diet is already insufficient in calcium. If you must have your caffeine, bone up on calcium by adding at least two tablespoons of milk to each cup of coffee, in addition to getting your recommended daily intake of calcium.|
|Measurements taken at the start of the study showed no difference in bone density between the groups. After three years, however, those in the high-caffeine group (300 mg each day or three 6 ounce cups of coffee) had a significantly higher rate of bone loss in the spine than those in the low-caffeine group. There was no difference in the rate of bone loss in the other sites that were measured (hip and thigh bone).|
The studies show you have to drink a lot of caffeine daily for this to happen... but I still wouldn't risk it with my body... or my baby. I need every damn vitamin/mineral in my body.
DH has NO muscle tone... (but he's very bright) 42 yrs ago, pg women smoked during pg
: and who knows how much she coffee/soda MIL drank. He was the 3rd, last born. His first-born brother (strangely) is as (legend has it) strong as an ox. Maybe she had no calcium in her body to contribute to her last child...
Some articles from Dr. Mercola's website:
The Truth about Caffeine (Especially During Pregnancy)
This one has a breakdown of Caffeine milligrams...
Pregnant Women Need to Avoid Caffeine
This one has a list of Medications with Caffeine:
Caffeine May Up Miscarriage Risk
I don't know the answer to your question "is the baby born addicted to caffeine" but it's a chemical that stays in the fetus/babies body and one that he/she does NOT need.
|In animals, in utero or early postnatal exposure to moderate-to-high doses of caffeine has been associated with decreased brain weight and alterations in brain development and in learning and memory, and it has been associated with an increased incidence of apnea in adult rats. Unfortunately, the results of the few studies of the neurobehavioral effects in children after in utero or early postnatal exposure are conflicting.|
|In 1981, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised pregnant women to "avoid caffeine-containing foods and drugs, if possible, or consume them only sparingly."|
I personally would not risk it. Since I'm not addicted, it's for me an easy thing to avoid.