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Is coffee really bad for pregnant women?

  1. nanetteparker profile image64
    nanetteparkerposted 5 years ago

    My co-worker is in her 1st trimester of pregnancy and I noticed that she�s fond of drinking coffee during our breaktime. Some of our officemates would tell her to stop drinking coffee because it might bring some negative effects to the developing fetus. However, there are also a few who would just allow her because they say it does not cause any harm. This then makes me wonder if coffee is really bad for pregnant women.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Regardless...it is her choice... I don't think it's up to her co-workers to discuss what she does or does not do

  2. Pamela99 profile image88
    Pamela99posted 5 years ago

    I have read that low to moderate coffee is okay in pregnancy with no more than 200 ml of caffeine - about a 12 oz cup. However, be aware that not all coffees are created equal. Starbucks 12 ox coffee has 320 ml. I would think one cup of medium roasted coffee per day wouldn't hurt. I read a study some time ago that women who drank coffee all day long had a large greater risk of having a baby born with ADHD.

    1. nanetteparker profile image64
      nanetteparkerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      thanks for this very worth-sharing info pamela99

      1. Pamela99 profile image88
        Pamela99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        You're very welcome.

  3. kirstenblog profile image78
    kirstenblogposted 5 years ago

    When I got pregnant I was still drinking coffee but found it really made the morning sickness bad so I haven't had coffee until I got the positive on being pregnant from a doctor (and confirmation that this is why it was making me sick LOL). They did say that too much caffein can cause problems down the road, from premature birth to low birthrate and complications. I do miss it but I don't miss being made to feel totally ill! yikes
    I don't want a caffeinated baby keeping me up even more then he will anyway so wont start drinking coffee again until I am done breastfeeding.
    TBH at the moment the idea of a low birth weight sounds appealing, as this little guy is already a big little beggar in there moving my hips and internal organs out of the way! Hubby was close to 12 pounds at birth so if his son is going to take after dad, I am in for a time of it!

  4. SmartAndFun profile image96
    SmartAndFunposted 5 years ago

    When I was pregnant 10 years ago, my OB said it was fine to have a cup or two a day. I don't think the huge, sugary, drive-thru coffee drinks of today were all that popular back then, though. I'm certain he was talking about regular home-brewed coffee in a normal (8-ounce) coffee cup.

    But yeah, it kinda sucks to be pregnant and have the pregnancy police watching and critiquing your every move. There are plenty of everyday foods that might not be healthful for a developing baby, like maybe junk food, nitrates or artificial colors, but would you tell her to stop eating a bag of potato chips, a hotdog or a cupcake covered in blue icing?

  5. MelissaBarrett profile image59
    MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago

    Firstly... Gratz Kirsten... when are you due?

    I'm in an ultra "Oh my God are you bloody stupid?" high-risk pregnancy and doc said a cup or two each day was fine.  I drank about a pot and a half a day before I got pregnant this time (my daughter only sleeps around 4 hours a night) and weaned off gradually over the first month.  I only grab a cup now and then when it's been a particularly bad night and I'm risking falling asleep while trying to be mommy.

    If you get down to it though... according to the butt-ton of information out there about what you should/shouldn't eat while pregnant I am technically risking horrible consequences to my child if I eat/drink anything besides distilled water.

    On the flip side I will absolutely not touch coffee while nursing as I am not a masochist.

  6. Daughter Of Maat profile image96
    Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years ago

    This drove me nuts when I was pregnant. You can't go anywhere without someone saying something about what your doing and how wrong it is. Even people you don't know get in on the action! It's like you're not pregnant with your kid, but everyone elses. Drove me insane!!

    As for the coffee, my first trimester I was so sick I couldn't even think about coffee and the sight of tea made me vomit. The only thing I could drink was diet coke because it actually settled my stomach, but I couldn't drink too much of it, and not necessarily for the caffeine. Have you read the ingredients on that stuff? Ick!!

    If I knew then what I know now, I would've started on a vegan diet and drank plenty of fresh veggie and fruit juices. I'd also take a vitamin C supplement of about 8,000-10,000 mg if not more along with niacin and b complex vits. I think all the preservatives and additives in the foods we eat cause a lot of the ADHD problems we have. I'm not saying it's the only cause mind you, but it's definitely one of the major ones.

    @Kirsten I'd start thinkin' about a c-section lmao!! My daughter was 9lbs and I had to have one! I can only imagine what they'd say for a 12lb baby!

    1. kirstenblog profile image78
      kirstenblogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Believe it or not but for a time there I did entertain the idea of going all natural! I don't like the idea of the epidural tho as I have heard stories of slipped disks and on going back problems lasting years because of it. Hubby has a bad back with slipped disk and nerve damage running down both his legs, not sure I want to deal with years of that! Better a few hours of pain or a c-section then that! I do think I will need to get them to keep an eye on the size of the little guy cause that will make a huge impact on what I choose to do, even if its go with drugs!

      The one thing I would mention is that aside from occasionally needing meat (chicken being the main meat craving) this little guy seems to be a big fruit! Blueberries and grapes mostly. I think he is helping me to eat healthy with mostly fruit on the menu smile

      1. Daughter Of Maat profile image96
        Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Even with a c-section though you'll have an epidural. I cringed at the thought myself, one little slip and I could be paralyzed, but I didn't really have a choice, my body didn't want to go into labor! lol

        Interestingly, I craved fruit my entire pregnancy as well. Grapes and orange juice! Oh and BK's original chicken sandwich with extra mayo, and onion rings, and Subway's Italian BMT with tons of veggies and mayo... Nothing else really sounded good when I was pregnant. I'm actualy vegan now, and just thinking about what those cravings felt like is making me want Subway!

  7. Dr Pooja profile image60
    Dr Poojaposted 5 years ago

    I love coffee and couldn't resist it even when pregnant but restricted to 2cups a day.I remember having coffee with a friend at a cafe when labor pain started.Even now writing this I feel like making one cup for myself but it is night so got to sleep.