caffeine in first trimester

I drink a cup of coffee each day. Only one. I've been reading about caffeine in general and the rising incidence in miscarriage but I've also spoken to several of my friends who've told me they would drink an entire liter of coca cola in their first trimester to relieve morning sickness and they have perfectly healthy babies. I already don't feel well; pregnancy is hard for me. It's hard for me to sleep so I wake up utterly exhausted. Is it that bad? I'd like to hear first hand if anyone would like to offer.

Fri. Sep 7, 11:33am

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don't you think it'd be wiser to seek advice from your ob/gyn?? you can't seriously be about to follow advice regarding a healthy pregnancy and whether or not caffeine is okay FOR YOU from some strangers on a world wide website, are you? scary stuff...

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:05 PM

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12:05 - my ob/gyn didn't have time for these types of discussions! I would suggest a public health nurse!

OP - from my own research on the topic, here's what I think. One cup a day probably won't hurt, as far as I can tell. Do a search on caffeine during pregnancy and it gives guidelines for recommended maximum of mg of caffeine per day, and one cup is way below. On the other hand, better safe than sorry - will you be going into withdrawel if you switch to decaf for awhile? It's a personal thing - I had the occasional coke during my pregnancy and had the world's healthiest boy. But do discuss this with someone more qualified if you're very concerned!

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:20 PM

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My doctor doesn't have time either but even so, who says a doctor has the end all? I drank 2 cups of coffee a day and knew I shouldn't but my children are beyond healthy.

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:22 PM

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oooh, yeah. i want advice from someone who had more concern for her own desire for coofee than for the well-being of her child. my friend smoked throughout her pregnancy and had a healthy baby, too. but now, at 3 years old, he has tantrums, can't communicate well, and is socially challenged. how dare you give someone else the same BAD advice you followed, knowing it was not in the best interest of the child. how dare you?! if your ob/gyn has no time to address your questions, find another ob/gyn. it's not like growing a plant. you can't return the item (your baby) to the store for an exchange or refund if you mess up. do what's in the best interest of your child, not what fixes your caffeine jones. apples give you more of a boost and have no ill side-effects.

Friday, September 07, 2007, 12:32 PM

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My mother drank caffeine, smoked cigarettes and had the occasional glass of wine while she was pregnant with all the children in my family (this was in the 60's and 70's) and she ended up with 5 healthy, normal weight and normal developed baby girls.

Not saying that you should go do that-but I think a cup of coffee here and there is no more bad for you than the processed food that doctors don't tell people to avoid during pregnancy. Now that sh*t will do some harm!

Friday, September 07, 2007, 1:00 PM

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