No Coffee If You're Pregnant?

I saw this story linking caffeine with miscarriage in the news today. I'm not really sure what to make of it.

During both my pregnancies I avoided coffee altogether during the first trimester because, quite honestly, it made me want to hurl. With my first pregnancy, I stuck with decaf only like a good soon-to-be-first-time mommy. With my second pregnancy, I had a one-year old on hand so the occasional caffeinated beverage did cross my lips. Ha, I probably had more wine during that pregnancy than I did coffee. But I did start drinking Diet Cokes through my whole pregnancy with my second. (Which could account for her personality.) According the article, all caffeinated beverages should be avoided.

So now we're down to no alcohol, no blue cheese, no brie, no deli meats (I lived off Subway for my first pregnancy), no coffee, no cokes, limited chocolate. I don't remember pregnancy being so boring. No wonder moms can't wait for it to be over.

The good news is that for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy you really don't want to face food in any way. And after that with most moms heartburn is such an issue (which caffenine can aggrevate) that you may not want it. And by the end, you really don't care anymore so all kinds of the "forbidden foods" start passing your lips. What's a glass of wine at this point? What's a cup of coffee now and then?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't this crazy? A few months ago BEFORE I found out I was expecting again, I read an article that it was recommended pregnant women drink a little (6 oz +/-) caffeine everyday to AVOID miscarraige and now the "experts" are saying NO CAFFEINE - PERIOD. How frustrating. Luckily, I can't handle coffee because it makes my stomach turn somersaults, but a little tea would do wonders for my mood in the morning. My husband just can't figure out why I'm so pissed off all the time - duh - no caffeine in my system, not to mention those lovely pregnancy hormones. I guess we all know if it isn't completely natural, it probably isn't good for a pregnant body, but when you factor in all the environmental elements we are exposed to everday, chemicals, pesticides, things we don't even know about, a little caffeine seems insignificant. I guess as a pregnant mommy it is my responsibility to keep as much junk out of my systems as possible for the sake of my unborn baby. I just wish the experts would get their stories straight!