Drinking Coffee During Pregnancy: What Experts Are Saying Now

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coffeeAs I sit here, typing these words, my eyelids are closing little. I'm yawning. And, like usual these days, I'm finding it difficult to concentrate. Because I haven't had coffee. In eight and a half months. Because I'm pregnant. And it sucks. However, a new study is now claiming that a few cups of coffee while pregnant or breastfeeding (not just the precautionary 200 milligrams per day) is A-okay.

Great. Now you tell me.

The researchers of the study concluded, "Maternal caffeine consumption, even in large amounts during gestation and lactation, had no consequences on sleep of the infant at 3 months of age." Awesome! But ... what if it disturbs the sleep patterns of the mom?

One of the first questions I asked my OB/GYN was, "Can I still highlight my hair?" And after that came, "Is it okay to have coffee?" She told me that, in small amounts, it should be fine. But still, I decided to eschew my favorite morning treat. Because I'm super affected by caffeine (also part of the beauty of it).

Unlike most people I know, who can enjoy an afternoon cup of joe, I cannot. Any caffeine that enters my system after, oh, say 11:30 a.m., seems to stay in my system the rest of the day -- and it seriously affects my sleep. "So, you know what?" I figured, "It's not worth it."

I have friends who have drank coffee during pregnancy, and friends who haven't. I know people who've exercised just as hard as they normally do during pregnancy, and people who've scaled it back. I've met women who have thrown out every single cleaning/beauty product in their home in exchange for completely organic ones. There's no proof that any of this stuff will have an effect on pregnancy or baby, but it's what you feel comfortable with.

If you're the type of person who can handle a cup of coffee in the morning -- without acting like a lunatic -- and you feel comfortable consuming one, why not? If, like me, you get all hyper and jittery, common sense says it's probably not the best idea. A new study is published every single day, telling us what we can and can't do during pregnancy. It's maddening. I think the best thing to do is go with your gut. No one knows your body -- or your baby -- like you.

Did you drink coffee during your pregnancy?

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ashjo85 ashjo85

My first pregnancy, I didn't have a drop of caffeine. This time, I mostly limited it just in the first trimester. I still make sure I'm not gorging, but no, I'm not one of those people affected by it like you. I have a frappaccino from Starbucks (the light variety) almost every day of the week. It's been nice not worrying too much about it!

nonmember avatar Amanda v

My first pregnancy I drank tons of coffee and soda. I was 18 and didn't really know any better, plus I was always soooo sleepy! Second pregnancy I gave caffeine up almost entirely. I was simply thirsty for nothing but water.

I am 8 months now with my third, and stuck to a middle ground. I have 2 cups of coffee most mornings and pop only occasionally.

I am not affected much by caffeine, it just makes me feel a little more alert and helps with the headaches I have been plagued with since around the time I peed on that stick.

Interesting to note, though, my first baby wasn't the best sleeper (and at almost 9, she still requires much less sleep than the average person) while my second is the opposite. Is it because of coffee? I really don't think so. My elder is also impressively intelligent and well-behaved, and uses her late nights reading and learning!

Fallaya Fallaya

I had very little caffeine during my pregnancy.  I survived somehow :-)

LoveM... LoveMyViolet

I reduced my coffee intake while pregnant, mostly because it made me sick.

Melis... Melissa042807

My OB told me about 200 milligrams per day, and then told me what that looked like. As in, what size cups of coffee. I drank it reasonably during my first pregnancy (I made decaf in the PM hours if I needed a fix), but have since given it up. Now I drink black tea in the mornings, and occasionally in the afternoons if I feel like it. I liked that my OB gave me a visual - "A mug this size is about this much caffeine." That really helped. 

stron... strontium

Heck yes. 24 weeks and im having my coffee right now. Not nearly as much as I used to drink... (about a full pot, heavy on the coffee scoops- black)

I drink about 2 cups maybe 3 or 4 with milk. I tried doing the no coffee thing and I was miserable. Serious headaches until I got some caffeine in me.

Accor... AccordingToC78

I have avoided it, mostly because there has been links between caffeine and miscarriage and after having had a missed miscarriage last year, I wasn't going to take any chances, no matter how small they might be.

I don't miss it at all, and in fact have had less headaches.

kebates kebates

I drank tea, and the occasional soda.  I stopped coffee, only because it sometimes upsets my stomach, and in the first trimester, I had enough stomach issues, that I didn't want to chance it. 

shelw... shelwesely

I cut back from a couple cups a day to a cup of half-caf when I was pregnant. I couldn't drink much at all toward the end because of heart-burn. After my daughter was born and I was nursing, I went back to drinking it again, but had only about 1/4 to 1/2 mug mixed with a lot of milk. Any more and she would have problems with reflux. Now though, she's about 8 months and she doesn't seem affected by it at all. It doesn't upset her stomach or affect her sleep, so I'm back to savoring my morning coffee.

LizB86 LizB86

I gave up coffee with my first daughter, which was doable because I wasn't working.  But with my current pregnancy (which hopefully will be ending any day now!), I simply could not have functioned in my full-time job without three cups of coffee a day.  They sometimes made me sick, but I still couldn't do without them, I was just too tired.  I know coffee is supposed to increase your chance of miscarriage early on, but by the time I found out I was pregnant I had pretty much dodged that bullet already!

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