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February 28th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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Do you drink it still?

I read it is okay to have a minimal amount of caffeine while pregnant, but it can affect baby's metabolism if you drink too much, and draw blood away from the uterus. I read that under 150mg /day is considered a safe limit.

I have low blood pressure naturally and it's even lower with this higher blood volume, so I'm feeling really dizzy/faint a lot of the time- caffeine and sodium are two things dr's have recommended in the past (minimally of course) to keep my blood pressure and electrolytes up.

In this first trimester I am so ridiculously tired, that I have been drinking on average 1 cup a day of black tea or green tea (about 40mg). Miraculously and luckily!! before I got pregnant I completely quit coffee- cold turkey-- I've been off coffee since January 1st, and that was (i'm pretty sure) what made my conceive- I used to be such a coffee addict- 2-5 cups a day!!

Are you drinking caffeine still? how much? If this is your second pregnancy, did you drink it with your first also??
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February 28th, 2013, 05:46 PM
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I am seriously addicted to diet soda and since finding out I was PG last weekend I stopped drinking it...until today. I had like 4 sips and they were SO good. I usually drink at least 2 Big Gulps a day, which I know is bad, but will a few sips a day, or even a can every other day, really harm the baby?? I am so tired and I just need the little boost!
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February 28th, 2013, 05:54 PM
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I haven't cut it completely. The caffeine will help headaches for me. I also read that a little was OK. I'm limiting myself to only one or two small caffeinated drinks, though sometimes it's none. I don't know what I could use as a substitute to take for headaches.
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February 28th, 2013, 06:07 PM
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I have some occasionally. I was a soda addict, but it doesn't appeal to me lately. I also drank a caramel macchiato everyday with 4 shots of espresso. I stopped that with no withdrawel. I have oneoccasionally with decaf espresso, which has a little caffeine in it.
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February 28th, 2013, 06:28 PM
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I'm mostly avoiding, but I had two cups of black tea today because I only slept a few hours last night and had a massive headache.
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February 28th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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I really don't drink much caffeine normally, and right now caffeine of any kind is one of my major heartburn triggers. If I really want some, though, I'll drink it anyway. I drank nothing but Pepsi with my first.
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February 28th, 2013, 07:35 PM
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I still have a cup a day, which is my norm. I used to drink a TON of coffee until the first time I got pregnant, then I cut back to half a cup a day, but I'm back up to a full cup now. I don't think there is any danger, and I've heard (could be a myth or old wive's tale) that if you don't drink any during pregnancy, then the child will be more sensitive to it when you breastfeed.

I very rarely drink soda anymore, so coffee and tea are my source. I'm finding though that as I am getting "more mature" as hubs would say, if I have too much,even if it is in the morning when I drink it all, I have a hard time sleeping at night.
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February 28th, 2013, 08:01 PM
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I cut soda a lot. DH and I would drink way to much Dr. Pepper now it's like a treat if I have one!
If I really want caffeine I buy him a mocha and I take some sips but I try not to drink too much. I just like the flavor of coffee drinks.
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February 28th, 2013, 08:35 PM
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I drink three cups of black tea a day. I did with my last two pregnancies, I love my tea and there is not an excessive amount of caffeine in tea.
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March 1st, 2013, 04:35 AM
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I drink 2 cups of tea a day still, I did with my last pregnancies and everything was fine!
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March 1st, 2013, 04:46 AM
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I have cut out soda and caffeinated teas completely (I still drink herbal teas) but I admit I do still have an occasional soda. I am trying to cut that out too though.
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March 1st, 2013, 04:47 AM
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I usually have 1 cup of coffee a day. Some days I can't stomach it though.
I did the same with my other kids.
I don't drink soda.
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March 1st, 2013, 04:53 AM
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I have a history of early loss, so I cut it out completely at least for the first trimester. I might go back to one cup of decaf once I hit 12 weeks. I miss it sooooooo much. I know I could technically have decaf now, but I am just too much of a nervous nelly. I am about to turn 39, and feeling like this is my very last chance to have my last baby so I am taking every precaution I possibly can.
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March 1st, 2013, 06:45 AM
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Since TTC we started brewing 1/2 caf at home. Now I can't even stomach that. Currently I am trying a cup of black tea, I miss a warm beverage in the am.
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March 1st, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Since TTC we started brewing 1/2 caf at home. Now I can't even stomach that. Currently I am trying a cup of black tea, I miss a warm beverage in the am.

That's what it is for me too. I use coffee out of habit (my parents were big coffee drinkers as were my grandparents) but really it's the feeling of a hot drink that gets me up and going. I get the same satisfaction from decaf or from tea, but my husband makes coffee in the morning anyway so one less step for me to just mooch a cup from his pot
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March 2nd, 2013, 10:18 AM
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I don't give up caffeine. Not worth the migraines. I do cut back, I have 1 coffee a day, or 2 cups if I get it from home. I can't stand cherry coke right now, so soda is not an issue.

I tried to give up caffeine with #2, and it didn't work, I was so sick from the migraines. All of my babies have turned out fine. I even drink stuff with caffeine when nursing, and none of my kids seemed effected, or were hyper.
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March 2nd, 2013, 10:44 AM
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I have been drinking decaf coffee and occasionally a regular one or a coke. (I am a die hard coke lover!) You may be surprised though that depending on the tea/strength of tea it has just as much caffeine or more than a soda. I read on mayo clinic that coke has 30-35 mg and black tea is 15-60mg per cup.

Interesting! I remember learning that last pregnancy because I just assumed tea would have way less caffeine than pop.
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