There is a constant and ever-changing list of things women are told not to eat or drink while pregnant.
The one that I hear people complain about the most is caffeine. This change can be extremely difficult because most people consume it daily. Being addicted to caffeine is something most people are proud of; like it provides they are a go-getter and productive in their life.
The advice on how much they can have varies. And since how much caffeine is in a cup can vary based on the beans and how it is brewed, it’s darn near impossible to stay in the “safe zone” of consumption while pregnant. That’s why many women just try to quit altogether.
But quitting caffeine cold turkey will actually trigger the worst caffeine withdrawal symptoms making those caffeine cravings even stronger.
The general advice is the first trimester is especially important where more than 300 milligrams of caffeine can increase the risk of suffering a miscarriage. While going cold turkey might sound like the safest thing to do for the baby, it will come with the worst of the caffeine withdrawal symptoms for the mother.
A healthy, balanced diet is vital to your growing baby, so the fact that caffeine has absolutely no nutrition in it whatsoever is yet another reason why it should not be considered a daily staple.
And switching to decaf is full of the chemicals needed to remove the caffeine from the bean so it is not necessarily a “healthier” alternative. Additionally, how much caffeine is in decaf varies widely by brand. Some commercial brands have as much caffeine in their decaf as other brands have in their regular blends.
While your doctor always knows best, the advice by the FDA is still valid: to quit caffeine addiction you need to slowly, and consistently, cut back on caffeine consumption until you can comfortably discontinue use while pregnant.
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