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I did some math. I have a little tiny coffee pot that makes about 4 8-oz cups of coffee. It's enough for two small mugs. On a normal day, I just make this pot in the morning and drink my two mugs of half-decaf (about 87.5 mg per cup-- 50% that of a normal cup of coffee * 4 = 350 mgs). Then in the afternoon, if I'm very tired, I might make another pot: = another 350 mgs. All of that adds up to well OVER 700 MGS OF CAFFEINE!!! It just does NOT seem like that much! Then if you add the occasional glass of iced tea with dinner, you get
The article I posted above states that in the studies, over 300 mgs a day was considered heavy (!) caffeine use, and it's associated with poor blood flow to the fetus, small head circumference, and learning disabilities!
I'm freaking out. I feel like I really need my caffeine. My doc says "use common sense"-- but obviously my common sense concerning caffeine is a little off...
Maybe it's too late, but it's decaf from here on out. I could sure use some support.
ya know... Your caffeine issue is like my smoking issue... However I also had a coffee problem before getting pregnant. As soon as I found out, I started to wean myself off... Instead of five cups a day, I worked down to 4. Then 3 and so on. Now, when I want pop i get sprite.. which is caffeine free. I might have a cup of coffee every once and awhile. its hard to give up. Maybe switch to caffeine free drinks for MOST of your drinks until you get used to those. Then it will be easier to get them away completely.