Caffeine And Pregnancy Is It Really Bad For You

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ARD - March 30

I am 24 weeks and did not consume one drop of caffeine, except through a little chocolate, during my first trimester....now that I'm well into my 2nd trimester and soon to begin my 3rd I CRAVE Coke in the mornings. I have been drinking only one coke (12 oz) a day and the rest juice and water. Is this ok????? Am I hurting my baby?

 

iakram - March 30

Hi .. I don't think so...I'm a Coke addict myself...I've cut down the coke to 1 or 2 a week, but I have a med coffee everyday. I would say you're fine so long as it's in monderation. Caffine isn't the greatest but I see no ham in one can a day :)) Just drink water - I find that when I have my pop for the day I get a bit crampy .... and the wather helps. Good Luck :))

 

SuzieQ - March 30

Have you tried caffeine free coke? NOT the diet kind though, it's gross. I gave up caffeine years ago and was a cola addict - I almost pa__sed out when I saw the first bottle of non-diet caffeine free coke on the shelf! I know the sugar isn't great for me, but I still treat myself every once in awhile :)

 

Chrissythefairy - March 30

Yes im feel exacally what your going through, im 16 weeks and i am a Tea addict, i have been drinking defcafinated tea throughout my pregnancy but its not the same i have been cheating a little drinking a small cup in the morning i was wondering if i should stop.

 

EricaG - March 30

ARD, that is hilarious, I woke up yesterday morning at 5:30 craving a coke sooooo much. I didn't let myself have one though because I'm one of those "better safe than sorry people". But there is a certain amount of caffeine your allowed to have each week. I'm not sure what it is , but if you google it I'm sure you can find out. :o)

 

ARD - March 30

Thanks ladies for your advice! I researched it a bit and I found that one can is 36mg of caffeine and you are actually allowed 200-300 mg....so I think I'm ok!!! :o)

 

mommietobe - March 30

I am also 24wks. and a huge pepsi addict. I get migraine headaches and my Dr. said coffee or one soda a day won't hurt anything as long as your drinking water too. Besides , have you guys tried to ignore pregnancy cravings , it's impossible. lol

 

ataylor724 - March 31

Along with Erica's answer, the amount of caffeine you are "allowed" while pregnant is 300 mg each day. This breaks down to about two cups of coffee. Soda has appox 60 mg caffeine per 12 oz can, so yes you can drink them. I have cut back a lot and switched to Sprite when I get sick of water and juice. It's one of those things that can be done in moderation. Unfortunately, no one can ever say moderation is ok because it is so different to so many people. It is better to not drink coke, but if you want one then don't beat yourself up over it :) By the way, I got my information from the best seller "What to Expect When You're Expecting" the most recent version... so I'm pretty sure it's accurate.

 

Kara H. - March 31

I too love coke. I had to give it up firs trimester since there is a link between caffiene and miscarriages. (I've had three prior to this pregnancy). But once I got to second trimester, I was told 1 coke a day would be fine. But then my blood pressure went up two weeks ago and now once again, no caffiene or any soda, including sprite, rest of the pregnancy. As long as your BP is good a little caffiene won't hurt anything.

 

mommie2be - April 2

I wouldn't worry. You don't sound like your ODing on caffiene. Pre-preg I was a huge espresso fan and stopped cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant. By the middle of the 2nd tri, I've been craving just a taste of the espresso, so I treated myself to one... thinking this would really hurt anything.. and found I had lost my taste for it. Anyways... no, small amounts of caffiene won't hurt your baby... just watch your sugar & sodium intake... as sodas are usually loaded with both.

 

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