The Importance of Kicking the Caffeine Habit While Pregnant
I am a caffeine addict. I have been since college and things have only gotten worse since becoming a mom. I feel like the two go hand in hand as you strive to keep up with daily life, and fight to move forward despite a desperate lack of sleep. But, now that I am pregnant again, I had to significantly cut down my intake.
Let me tell you where I was a few days before I found out I was pregnant. I had at least two cups of coffee in the morning followed by two or more diet cokes throughout the day. Okay, don't judge. I know that is an awful lot of caffeine but, I was hooked. I needed it.
As soon as I was holding a positive pregnancy test in my hands, I drastically reduced this to choosing either one cup of coffee or one can of diet coke a day. Truth be told, I was scared to quit but I knew I wanted a healthy baby and that was all that mattered. While most people think no caffeine is the way to go, the American Pregnancy Association says that a safe range is anywhere between 150 mg to 300 mg a day. . The main reason to stay away from caffeine is that it is a known diuretic and causes increased blood pressure and heart rate – all things that are risky during pregnancy.
It's important to remember that caffeine is included in a lot of what we eat daily, not just beverages.
Here is a list of some common caffeine pitfalls. By making a mental note of how much you consume each day and trying to cut down while incorporating other healthful beverages and foods in its place, you'll ensure you're optimal health as well as that of your baby throughout the course of your pregnancy.
- Starbucks Grande Coffee (16 oz) 400 mg
- Starbucks House Blend Coffee (16 oz) 259 mg
- Dr. Pepper (12 oz) 37 mg
- 7 Eleven Big Gulp Diet Coke (32 oz) 124 mg
- 7 Eleven Big Gulp Coca-Cola (32 oz) 92 mg
- Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Buzz Ice Cream (8 oz) 72 mg
- Baker’s chocolate (1 oz) 26 mg
- Green tea (6 oz) 40 mg
- Black tea (6 oz) 45 mg
- Excedrin (per capsule) 65mg
Do any of the above make your list of regular drinks or foods? How did/will you cut back on caffeine during pregnancy?
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