Let’s face it. The first few (and arguably the last few) months of pregnancy is anything but glamorous. Unless you are one of those lucky unicorns that experience no symptoms at all (no hate, just a little jealous…). Pregnancy, To Coffee Or Not To Coffee?
So, if you were a coffee-holic before your pregnancy, you might just bite the head off of the next know-it-all that mentions coffee is bad for your growing energy-sucking-vampire-baby bundle of joy. I’m just kidding. I love you Peanut.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely true that too much caffeine is bad for your baby’s development. So again, as in all aspects of life, moderation is the key. If you are like me, not a big fan of the “M” word. But hey, let’s pretend we’re going to be good and responsible parents. If you like reading about all the stuff behind the stuff, have a look at this interesting article from the BUMP. They also supply some nifty guides. If you don’t like to overdo the reading stuff, it basically comes down to less than 200mg of caffeine a day probably won’t hurt your baby.
So, my point is, unless you plan on filling your kitchen sink with coffee, sticking your head in and sucking, your baby (and everyone else) should be safe.
This is of course only if you can stomach drinking coffee at all. If you can’t my sincere condolences. Hang in there, babe.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine. I know, it’s the stuff horror movies are made of.
Soooo…what are better alternatives to coffee, you may ask?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
However, you may consider these if you’ve depleted your allotted caffeine resources for the day:
– Water. Hellishly boring, I know. But it has a multitude of benefits, including assisting with constipation and keeping you hydrated. If you find unflavored water too bland, try infusing it with your favourite fruits.
– Rooibos Tea. If you live in South Africa, Rooibos tea is probably a staple in your household. There are so many health benefits it’s almost too much to mention. But for the purpose of this article, it’s completely caffeine-free and loaded with powerful antioxidants that are awesome for you and baby. Try juicing some vegetables and fruit and add it to cooled Rooibos tea for a nice iced tea. If you would like me to do a post on juicing and my favourite recipes, give me a shout in the comments.
In the end, the choice is up to you. But if you really need your caffeine fix in the morning, go ahead and enjoy. For your sake as well as everyone else’s…
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