Guys, I’m torn! Is coffee during pregnancy OK? My morning coffee is my ritual! I have read conflicting info on the internet. I want to know what you all think!
With my IVF babies, I didn’t drink a drop of coffee until the 2nd trimester. And even then I only drank 1 cup a day. Why is this pregnancy any different? I guess in my mind, I feel like we already jumped the hurdle. But I have to remember, this is still high-risk because of my age! I certainly haven’t won this race yet!
A Little Coffee is OK
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is OK to drink coffee if you limit your caffeine consumption to less than 200 milligrams per day. They equate this to drinking one 10-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee. Isn’t Starbucks coffee super strong?! I don’t even like it!
We’re making it at home and I’m using a large Tervis cup like this one, pouring half coffee and filling the rest with water and a little ice. This sounds pretty diluted, right?
It’s Not OK
According to a study by Kaiser Permanente in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine each day (which they’re calling about two cups of regular coffee or five 12-ounce cans of caffeinated soda) had twice the risk of miscarriage as those who didn’t have any.
But really, this study is saying the same thing: keep your caffeine consumption under 200 mg per day.
Does Caffeine Affect Fertility?
Some studies have found a connection between consuming caffeine and a woman’s ability to conceive, while others have not. Most experts say there isn’t enough evidence to make a definite conclusion about caffeine and fertility.
But why not err on the side of caution?
What Else Contains Caffeine?
Coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, tea, chocolate, and chocolate ice cream. There’s a chart in this article that gives you the mg of caffeine in a long list of beverages.
Perusing the list, I spotted decaffeinated coffee! Yes! I’ll do it! I’ll get the same flavor and be able to continue with my morning ritual, but reduce my risk of miscarriage. Yay! Just hopped on Amazon. Here’s what I’m getting! Sounds delish!
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