caffeine... are you avoiding it / having it in moderation?
for the first couple of weeks that i knew i was pregnant, i had NO caffeine whatsoever, and was convinced that i could do this for 9 months... then i started having the odd cup of tea... then in the last couple of weeks (8-10 weeks pregnant) i've been having the odd cup of coffee and maybe a tea in the same day too...
health canada says that you can have up to 300 mg of caffeine and i looked up that in the uk they suggest limiting it to 200mg
one cup of tea = 60mg caffeine
one cup of coffee = 130 mg of caffeine
so technically if i drink one cup of each a day, i'm still under the more restrictive uk guidelines, but i'm wondering what the rest of you are doing?
at first not having coffee was easy as it turned my stomach!! now i am back to craving it (used to drink 4-5 cups a day of coffee before falling pg).
I'm avoiding all together (except for whatever little bit is in chocolate). I have been drinking Decaf tea and water, juice, caffiene free soda (but only once in a while). With my daughter, I managed to give it up the whole time too, only having ONE soda the entire time.
I'm back to a cup of coffee a day, during the first few weeks I ordered it 1/2 decaf, 1/2 regular, and only had a couple cups a week. Now that I'm feeling better I order a non-fat latte, because it only has one shot of espresso, and has milk (making it healthy ).
I think the major risk with caffeine is that it increases the likelihood of a mc, if you drink too much, so I try to keep well under the limit.
After having two early miscarriages, I am having no caffeine at all. I bought some decaf tea bags but really what's the point?? It sucks. When I am past the danger zone of first tri I will probably chill out about it.
after posting this thread i was of course craving a coffee!! so i went to tim hortons and got my double double with half decaf and half regular coffee... it was actually just as good in terms of taste - couldnt' tell the difference... maybe i'll go with that if i'm out ordering a coffee. otherwise i like what zenn_jenn said the best about one cup a day is ok so that's what i'm going with. thanks ladies!!
i used to drink about 8 cups of tea a day at work (less if i wasn't in work), & before i got my i was in america & drinking tons of diet mountain dew & diet coke. as soon as i got my the night i got back from our holiday, i gave it up. i can give up caffeine with no problems, which makes me lucky!
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