Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Coffee? Tea? Baby?

Did you drink coffee while pregnant? Or tea? Or anything with caffeine?

All the stuff I've been reading has said that you should limit your caffeine intake in pregnancy to 300 milligrams a day or less (that's basically a cup of coffee a day).

A new study suggests that this amount may be too high and that pregnant women should try to eliminate caffeine to avoid miscarriage.

Something like 90% of miscarriages happen in the first 3 or 4 months of pregnancy and something like 1 in 4 pregnancies miscarry, so it's hard for researchers to figure out exactly what role caffeine plays--they just know that it does.

Personally, I could not walk within 10 feet of a coffee bean in my first trimester. Or really until my 6th month. Now I'm 7 months and my intake is creeping up again...as I write this, I'm sipping a decaf tea and contemplating chocolate...

Was just curious about those of you who've had babies...what was your experience?



Blogger Mairéad said...

Like you, I couldn't bear the idea of coffee (or tea) in the first trimester. The smell....... yeuch! Some take it as an early sign of pregnancy!
After that, my motto is - a little of what you fancy does you good!!!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

I've always been a tea drinker and I never stopped while pregnant. But then, at the time it wasn't demonized as tea and coffee are now.

I suppose if you could have an ultrasound just after you had your cup of coffee you'd see the baby jumping up and down and you'd realise the direct effect it has on his metabolism. Would it stop you? I suppose it depends on the kind of baby you wish to have - calm and quiet or active and reactive? Maybe it depends partly on what the unborn baby is fed on. I'm sure more research will be carried out in the future and it promises to be fascinating. In the mean time, do what seems right to you and don't worry too much. Worrying is probably worse for your baby than caffeine!!!!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Klokka said...

i do remember not drinking coffee, perhabs a total of five cups of coffe the entire pregnancy. i think i stopped taking tea, although i don't really remember. i do remember drinking water, water and more water. and i was quite worried over milk: i just can't drink milk, and feared calcium-defficiancy for both of us. we're both ok.

it is so easy to worry about all the things that might go wrong, and how everything might be a negative influence etc., but we know that things mostly work out just fine. that said, i'd recommend a normal healthy life.

(and add, in a whisper, stay away from alchohol and nicotine… as i'm sure you're already doing, since you worry about caffeine.. )

5:28 AM  
Blogger mary said...

I swore off coffee/tea completely when I was pregnant with #1 but with #2 I was just SO TIRED all the time that I couldn't cope. I went back to having one tea in the morning with no guilt.
Even a SIP of wine is not the end of the world.
I don't think #1 is more quiet and calm because he was not exposed to caffeine. He is certainly not a quiet/ calm child!
I agree with Nathalie...worrying has go to be worse for the baby than a little caffeine!

11:32 AM  
Blogger whyioughtta said...

LOL...it's funny how we live in different places all over the world, yet we share a similar experience. Ah, the universal motherhood, eh?

I'm having a little coffee in the mornings...just a tiny cup. And decaf lattes once in a while. But I'm definitely watching my intake. (Of course, I just polished off 4 Fudgee-o's...there's caffeine in chocolate isn't there? Oh, I give up.)

I've had only a few sips of booze since I found out I was pregnant...I normally LOVE wine, but I just don't seem to want it now. It must be all these hormones affecting my taste buds.

You don't see many smoking pregnant women around here anymore, although I did see one young girl about 8 months gone and puffing away and I was shocked by how much it shocked me. It used to be the norm!

Thanks everyone for your advice...much appreciated.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Mairéad said...

My midwife did tell me once that coffee can hinder iron absorption - so that's a reason to watch it? I was always very low in iron, so she told me to take supplements with orange juice. HTH. How are you feeling now?

6:28 PM  

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