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Please don't throw any stones. I'm just asking.<br><br>
So I've read all the reports, the studies...I am aware of the fact that there is little debate surrounding most addictions and how they affect pregnant women. IE: Smoking, Drinking, Caffeine = BAD.<br><br>
I consider myself a bright gal - enough to draw a conclusion that those same things might have similar implications for a woman trying to conceive. I get it.<br><br>
But here is my question.<br><br>
Is ONE SINGLE grande iced vanilla latte <i>with whip</i> M-F really THAT BAD? Because, while I'm not a heavy coffee drinker, I depend on my morning jolt to get me moving. "They" even know me by name. And I'd hate to see Starbucks' stock go down on account of me.<br><br>
I'm not fond of tea - so that won't do as a substitute.<br><br>
My desire to be pregnant certainly outweighs my desire for iced coffee. But not by much.<br><br>
Your thoughts? And if you say "Hell no Gina...you crazy! Coffee Kills! You're gonna crack-out that baby!" Then PLEASE for the love of Buddha and all things wholesome and good - tell me the name of something on the Starbucks menu to help my body deal with the withdrawl.
 

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I'm a Pete's gal...not Starbucks, but I too, LOVE the latte. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> So much so that I bought a fancy schmancy espresso maker, justifying that it would pay itself off after about 5-6 months of not buying my daily latte.<br>
I've read studies that say that higher amounts of caffeine can impact your fertility and/or cause m/c but nothing that indicates a single cup is an issue. Still, I'm 41 and figuring I need all the help I can get I've given up the latte for now. Sigh.<br>
I asked my OB's nurse practitioner about it and she said she thought a cup a day was fine but to keep it to that.<br>
Green Tea is supposed to be good for fertility so I've switched to making myself Matcha Green Tea (superfine powder) lattes which are pretty yummy. I believe Starbucks does have a Green Tea latte (at least they did a while back) but I tried it once and thought it was Nasty. But, maybe it was just the person who made it or something.<br>
You could switch to decaf but make sure you get a water processed decaf. I think the chemically processed coffee is as bad or worse for you than the little bit of caffeine in a latte.<br>
When I got pregnant with my first I was drinking coffee daily but gave it up as soon as I found out I was pregnant. Not sure if it was necessary but I was kinda paranoid.
 

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If you're having mild Starbies guilt, I'd suggest switching to the tall size instead of a grande. That way you still get your treat in the morning, just a little bit less of it. Then, if you're feeling really brave after a while, you could ask for only half a shot of espresso instead of a whole one. That would hopefully keep any caffine withdrawal from being too terrible.
 

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The recent studies that I looked when I was pg at said less than 2 cups of coffee a day, no problem. Above that and it is a grey area. My compromise was that on most days, I ordered a grande latte with one shot of espresso. I am not a big milk fan, so I was able to get my milk that way, and a little help during the horrendous fatigue that I experienced during my pg!<br><br>
I'm sure you have looked at dozens, but here are some websites that show the amount of caffine in foods/drinks. The most interesting thing to me is that espresso has less caffine then coffee (see the kellymom comparison of the various starbucks' choices).<br><br><a href="http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_816.asp" target="_blank">http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_816.asp</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/caffeine.html#sources" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifes...e.html#sources</a>
 

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Girl, I hear you. I loved Starbucks and I used to worship my morning cup of coffee.<br><br>
I think it's a personal decision. I quit caffeine almost entirely (I have iced tea occasionally at restaurants still...which I am sure is caffeinated) over my honeymoon due to it being linked w/ miscarriage. But that is because I have other factors (bicornuate uterus) that makes miscarriage more likely <i>for me</i>.<br><br>
I think it is a completely personal decision. Just do some reading and decide what's best for you. Most likely, that morning latte will make you happier, and being happy will make you a better mom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Great. Its been easier for me to give up the glass of wine every night then to ditch the morning latte.<br><br>
Also, I have some concerns that WHEN and IF I am able to get pregnant - the day I walk into work without a coffee they are all going to know whats up. And I will want to keep that news to myself for some time. Even though - they ALL know I'm trying.<br><br>
I'd just prefer to be discreet about it for the first month or so.<br><br>
Honestly - I think I'm more addicted to the whipped cream than I am the drink. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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This is very noble of you. My DH emailed an article to me yesterday about Starbucks closing 600 stores (he was gloating bc he hates the place), so I feel we ALL need to do more to ensure our local stores do not under-perform. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Seriously, though, I understand your affection for the drinks. I second the idea to switch to a tall, or maybe just keep the grande but make it half-calf on most mornings, so you can have the extra boost only when you really need it. Maybe you could even cut out 1 day a week entirely and put the $4 saved aside to buy a really nice sling for the babe upon arrival.<br><br>
Best wishes!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Great. Its been easier for me to give up the glass of wine every night then to ditch the morning latte.<br><br>
Also, I have some concerns that WHEN and IF I am able to get pregnant - the day I walk into work without a coffee they are all going to know whats up. And I will want to keep that news to myself for some time. Even though - they ALL know I'm trying.<br><br>
I'd just prefer to be discreet about it for the first month or so.<br><br>
Honestly - I think I'm more addicted to the whipped cream than I am the drink. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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LOL. I busted my boss when I caught her snacking on saltines in the morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:
 

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i switched to decaf when i got preggo w/ ds, and never went back. i went from depending on my coffee every morning to one cup of decaf to nothing but a sensible bowl of cereal. pregnancy changes things, once you get your bfp you might willingly ditch that cup too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I've also read that a cup or two of coffee is not so bad for you when pregnant. However, espresso generally does contain lots more caffeine than your basic cup of coffee. So having one or two espresso drinks is not the same as having a cup of regular coffee.<br><br>
Also, caffeine can limit your absorption of calcium which is REALLY important to note as you need lots of calcium when growing baby's bones. If you do consume coffee or caffeinated beverages, you should consume your source of calcium (milk, yoghurt, prenatal vitamin) at a different time of day. So if you drink your latte in the morning, you should take your prenatal vitamin or drink extra milk later on in the day to make sure that the calcium is properly absorbed.<br><br>
I used to work at a coffee roasters/Italian espresso joint that made the BEST espresso and coffee beverages. I would come home reeking of fresh roasted beans and had to taste a half-dozen shots of espresso every morning to calibrate the espresso machines! Not to mention all the free drinks and samples I would get sent home with. What a wonderful addiction that was. That was years ago though, and though I do still LOVE coffee I've cut down a lot.
 

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I generally only had one coffee/tea a day, first thing in the morning. If I didn't have that one cup, I'd be a dragonlady. We recently got given an espresso machine, so my coffee intake went up.<br><br>
After two weeks of withdrawals, I'm now a caffeine-free zone. I have decaf tea all day long (it counts towards your 8 glasses of water a day), and won't drink decaf coffee because it still has a fair bit of caffeine in it. I haven't had an alcoholic drink for a few weeks now. I'm also trying to up my vegetable intake. I feel like a bit of a hippy, but if it helps me get that BFP, it'll all be worth it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe you could even cut out 1 day a week entirely and put the $4 saved aside to buy a really nice sling for the babe upon arrival.</div>
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Now that is a great idea! If only I could be that disciplined! You know how many wraps I could buy with all that Starbucks $$ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I might even be able to get a Kindercarry (or 2 LOL) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Hi everyone - I'm new here, but Starbucks is something I DO know about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
So I just found out that you can get decaf espresso drinks(!). I did some research and the Starbucks nutrition site says that one shot of espresso (1 oz.) has 75mg of caffeine. So an iced grande latte (a two-shotter) would have 150 mg of caffeine. A decaf shot of espresso (though not published on Starbucks site) has approx 5-12mg of caffeine. Which would make your latte about 10-25mg. Big difference! If you're still desperate for the jolt, maybe you can try a half-caf? You'd still be under 100mg!
 

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I love my coffee and firmly believe that reasonable quantities do no harm in pregnancy. It made me feel alive and was less calories/fat than other treats.
 

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I feel safe with one cuppa in the morning...sometimes another. Regular drip, but strong.<br><br>
I've heard under 1 or 2 cups is good. I think cutting back the size is a brilliant idea, though. You wouldn't feel like you're depriving yourself!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/caffix.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="coffee">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi everyone - I'm new here, but Starbucks is something I DO know about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
So I just found out that you can get decaf espresso drinks(!). I did some research and the Starbucks nutrition site says that one shot of espresso (1 oz.) has 75mg of caffeine. So an iced grande latte (a two-shotter) would have 150 mg of caffeine. A decaf shot of espresso (though not published on Starbucks site) has approx 5-12mg of caffeine. Which would make your latte about 10-25mg. Big difference! If you're still desperate for the jolt, maybe you can try a half-caf? You'd still be under 100mg!</div>
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That's what I was going to say. Go half-caf for a week or so, then decaf.<br><br>
I did this 5 years ago and never went back to caffeine. Well, I have been pregnant &/or nursing for more than 4 years straight now--so no chance to go back anyway.<br><br>
But I do get a decaf grande peppermint mocha about 3 times a week. It just makes me happy!
 

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for me, since i am not of normal fertility (or i wouldn't be here)...i gave up caffeine just a couple of weeks ago..it's going well...<br><br>
i don't really drink decaf bc it doesn't taste the same too me and just makes me want the real thing...<br><br>
i am going by the philosophy of taking care of my body as if i were pregnant...assuming that is the best for fertility...<br><br>
if i were of normal fertility, yeah, i'd be going to starbucks all the time....
 

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humm....<br><br>
I have less problem with the caffeine then you getting said coffee at <i>stabucks</i> of all places! There isn't a cute little coffee shop that is family owned that you can frequent? We have a place called Dino's that is about 100,000,000,000X better then any starbucks I have ever seen in my life.<br><br>
mamas, sometimes you disappoint me. Every one is aware of the latest study on plastics, but yet we still give our dollar to corporate moguls.. tut tut mamas tut tut.
 

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I had a Starbucks coffe every morning on my way to work when I got PG with my DS. They knew me too, they would start making my drink when I walked in the door. By the time I got to the front of the line it was waiting for me! After about 8 weeks along I could not drink it anymore though!
 
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