Coffee While Pregnant

Updated on June 06, 2008
J.K. asks from Lafayette Hill, PA
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Hello Ladies,

Just wanted to know if any moms drank coffee while they were pregnant and had colic infants? I know that the recommended amount of coffee per day is 150-300mg while no consumption is preferred. I was just wondering if there was any correlation between the two? I have given up coffee 99% with the second one, and my first gave it up 100% but every once in a blue moon i'll have a cup....and boy do i miss it :-)

Much love to all!
J.

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J.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi J.. I am a coffee lover too. I have to admit I drank about 1 cup a day when I was pregnant with both my boys (now 3 and 19 months) and they didn't have any colic. Not saying that it was absolutely a good idea but I spoke to my doctor and read up on it and it just didn't seem like it was a problem to have a little bit every morning.

M.H.

answers from Harrisburg on

J.,

I drank about a cup of coffee a day my entire pregnancy (sometimes none, sometimes a little more), and nothing happened to my son in regards to colic or anything else. I don't know if this helps, but it was what my experience was! Congrats and good luck! ~M.

A.J.

answers from Williamsport on

My doctor insisted that coffee was fine unless extremely excessive. Still, for my first, I didn't drink it. For my second, I said, "screw this" and drank one or two weak cups a day every day in the morning. My baby isn't collicky or nervous or anything. Have some yummy delicious coffee!

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J.H.

answers from Philadelphia on

I drank 2 cups a day while pregnant/nursing both of my boys and fortunatley, both were happy babies...no colic here.

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B.D.

answers from Lancaster on

I cut back on coffee a little - but still always drank my normal cup in the morning - I believe it is the caffeine in it - but that can be found in numerous items. What is really funny is my first daughter was colicky - but I didn't drink coffee then - started a little later in life when I was pregnant with my other two children!

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C.F.

answers from Philadelphia on

I drank probably one cup of coffee a day for each of my children (3), and they were calmest babies. One of my sons never cried unless he was hungry. I have a six month now and she is almost as good. They said at one time 1-2 cups of coffee is fine. Right before I had this one, I heard that now it might not be. The report said coffee may be linked to miscarriages, not colic.

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M.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

I read a study while I was pregnant last year that said that up to 3 cups a day of regular coffee caused no problems for fetus or mother.

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S.P.

answers from Philadelphia on

I am on my third pregnancy and have not been able to give up my morning caffeine ( tea or coke) either. My son did not have colic, my daughter did. So, I see no correlation at all either because I drank about the same amount with both. I say if it is in moderation and it helps salvage the day then have your cuppa Joe!!!

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K.L.

answers from Philadelphia on

I am vegetarian and my doctor was actually thrilled that I would drink a latte every morning - for the protein and calcium. He said the amount of caffeine in a latte is less than in a regular cup of coffee (I guess because the espresso shot is smaller?). Anyway, my baby is 8 months old and delicious. It sounds to me like the amount of coffee you're drinking is so nominal you shouldn't worry.

Congratulations on your pregnancy!!

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H.W.

answers from York on

When I was pregnant with my first son, all caffeine was completely taboo...I think I cheated twice during my pregnancy with a caffeinated soda and felt terribly guilty. The concern I had heard was low birth weight...the kid was huge and completely healthy. He had mild colic for a short period of time, but no biggie.

With my daughter (5 years later) caffeine was no longer taboo - in moderation. I did the math converting caffeine in coffee to caffeine in soda and followed the rules (my one craving with her was fountain Coke - and I NEVER drink regular Coke!). She was also big and healthy.

With my 2nd son, I pretty did what I wanted within the caffeine guidelines although significantly less than with my daughter and he too was good-sized.

I really think everything in moderation - and there's always decaf if you like the taste more than the caffeine. :)

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M.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

I have two boys. Both had reflux and colic the first few months of life. I did not drink coffee with baby #1 (he had worse colic) but did drink coffee once a day with baby #2.

Not sure that helps.

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V.F.

answers from Scranton on

my sil is not a coffee drinker at all and her ds was very colicky the first few weeks. One of the things that helped was drinking her mother's milk tea and also giving the baby some bubble b gone. You can find both in a local health food store or online
V.

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E.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

With my first baby I gave up caffine totally, ate very well and did everything they tell you while pregnant - He had unbelieveable bad colic. With my second, I drank coffee, sometimes up to two cups a day, and she was angel baby. If you really miss it one cup a day is not bad. The recommendation is more for people who chug red bulls and pots of coffee all day. I continued to drink coffee while breastfeeding as well, though cut out the occasional afternoon cup, because it interferred with her nap time.

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V.N.

answers from Harrisburg on

I didn't drink any with my first but with my second I needed a little pick me up! I drank about a cup a day. I am nursing now and I still have my cup. I don't see a difference if anything hes more mellow then my first!

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D.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

I always drank at least 1 grande coffee or latte during all 3 of my pregnancies. My oldest daughter was colicky. My 2nd was the best baby and the third will be arriving soon. I don't think coffee has anything to do with a baby being colicky. There is new evidence that coffee drinking during the first trimester can lead to more miscarriages. This study came out in the early spring.

A.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

J.,

I drank coffee every day of both of my pregnancies and neither of my babies had colic. I also had sushi, lunch meat, and glass of wine now and then (rarely, in all cases). And if I felt like having fish twice a week, I did it.

This is an issue I feel very strongly about. Women have been giving birth to babies a long time without all of these restrictions on our diets and activities. I'm all for being careful, but come on, let's be reasonable.

I hope you have a relaxed and enjoyable pregnancy,
A.

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C.G.

answers from Philadelphia on

If you can do it drink decaff. I drank decaff with both of my pregnancies and neither one of my kids had colic. However, I don't know if I was just lucky or not...there is supposed to be a little bit of caffine in decaf. I hope this was helpful.
C.

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A.F.

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I changed to decaf, but still drank two cups every morning...it was the oly way to get through my day (I also never drink soda, which is good). I can count the number of times my son has thrown up or spit up on my two hands (he's gonna be 22 months tomorrow). Check with your doctor though...you might have other issues to deal with and it would be safer to have a medical opinion.

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R.O.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I drank 2 cups of coffee/espresso almost every day during both of my pregnancies (less during the first trimesters because I felt sick all the time). No colic, in fact, my kids are unusually calm. I'd continue to enjoy it if it makes you happy.

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J.J.

answers from Sharon on

I drank coffee(and other caffeine products while pregnant)with my first one i didn't drink alot of it and he was colicky.With my last 2 i drank more than i should and neither one had any problems..........
So i really don't know what to tell you.Good luck to you

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K.T.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi! After my first trimester, I would drink one cup of coffee in the morning. And I was blessed with a sweet, calm baby, no colic.

Always check with your doctor about any nutritional concerns, especially if your pregnancy is considered high risk.

Congratualtions and enjoy your pregnancy and your baby to come!

K.

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S.G.

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I drank a Extra large Dunkin Donuts coffe everyday when I was pregnant. My doctor never once told me it was bad.

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J.C.

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I only have one child and she comes with an easy temperament. I drank 2-3 cups of coffee daily at work until the phase of morning sickness abruptly stopped that, and then it was late spring onward (drank other stuff) and I don't think I went back to it until after I was done nursing.

I did receive a coffeemaker for home as I previously never drank it in the house. I had some and my daughter seemed fine, but the second attempt prompted an obviously caffeine induced bad day for her. It came suddenly and broke suddenly many hours later.

I don't think it mattered during pregnancy, although I did miscarry this January and that week the news was all about coffee inducing miscarriages. That was awful. The caffeine very certainly mattered during nursing.

I love coffee, too, on cool mornings.

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F.U.

answers from Syracuse on

Hey sweetie, Coffee and colic? Never heard of it. I too am an avid coffee drinker. I can't function without it. Anyway, I drank 1/2 caf while I was pregnant. I did limit myself to 2 cups per day. Or I would go strait decaf for the rest of the day. My son didn't have colic. As matter of fact he was perfectly healthy. I don't know if I just got lucky or what. But like I said I've never heard of a link between coffee and colic. Hope this helped.

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C.D.

answers from Altoona on

J.~
I did drink a cup of coffee a few times per week during my last trimester, and my baby girl was colicky. I have never heard of that correlation. Her colick was, for the most part, just in the evenings.
~C.

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A.P.

answers from Allentown on

Hi, J.!
I truly think that "everything in moderation" is a great rule to live by. For the most part, the restrictions on caffine are meant more for women at very high risk of miscarriage (ie: those with a strong history of it or those who have medical conditions making them more prone to it).

I drank some caffine with both pregnancies and while nursing both (I'm currently nursing #2, who is 10 mos old). One to 2 cups of coffee rarely effects a baby enough via breastmilk--it's almost always just a coincidence. If, however, you notice that your baby is effected by it (and it must happen at least 3 times in a row consistantly for it to be correlated), then you can always stop.

There is some fabulous info about this on the worlds best breastfeeding website: www.KellyMom.com That site is a Godsend!

Hope that helps some! Good luck & happy coffee-ing! :-)
A.

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A.P.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I drank coffee with both pregnancies and had no problems. However, while breastfeeding, I HAD to give it up because the caffeine gave my sons have belly aches. The one poster who is the L & D nurse is absolutely right, caffeine can cause dehydration which in turn causes uterine irritability so just keep hydrated and enjoy in moderation.

D.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

drink decaffinated coffee. if you like the taste of coffee have a cup of decaf. I did that once in a while and my son was fine. you can buy lots of different flavors in the decaf these days. just be careful even though it is decaf and have a cup only. good luck.

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B.T.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi J.,

I gave up coffee 100%. In fact, if I did drink a soda (once in a blue moon) it was caffeine-free. And oh man, did my daughter have colic! I'm still not sure how my husband and I made it out alive! :o)

Any-who, I agree with the other mom replies. There doesn't seem to be a correlation between coffee and colic. In my opinion, it's the luck of the draw. Or horrible bad luck, if you ask me and my hubby...

Good luck to you!
B.

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J.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi J.,

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I haven't heard anything about caffeine and colic, so I looked on Kellymom.com and thisis what I found:
<http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/caffeine.html&gt; and <http://www.kellymom.com/pantley/pantley22.html&gt; - they recommend reducing caffeine while breastfeeding as it can cause colic, but they don't say anything about during pregnancy. They do say that babies who weren't exposed to caffeine during pregnancy tend to be more sensitive to it while breastfeeding.

I would think that one cup of coffee a day or every other day would be fine.

Congrats again on your pregnancy!

J.

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C.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

I still have 1 cup of 1/2 caff coffee each morning. Before I got pregnant I was up to about 1-2 pots per day. Now I need my one little cup and that is all I can handle. I never stopped drinking coffee with any of my kids and the first was an easy baby and the second not so easy and well I am hoping number three is another easy one.

good luck

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S.R.

answers from Harrisburg on

For my first pregnancy I was sick most of it. The only thing that I seemed to keep down was Pepsi and bread. My son turned out fine sleeping for 12 consecutive hours a night once he was about 3 months old.

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S.S.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I have never heard of the connection between coffee and colic. I drank half-caf when I was pregnant with my second and he had no colic. I drank probably half a pot of coffee per day. With my first, I wasn't much of a coffee drinker, and he did have colic.
I agree with everybody who said everything in moderation.

M.L.

answers from Erie on

I also drank 2 cups a day with no colic issues here!

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M.D.

answers from Scranton on

Hi there:

I am a coffeeholic to the worst degree. When I became pregnant, I noticed my craves, stopped to just maybe two cups a day, which was fine by me. It has never affected me or my children. Everything is in moderation. Three pregnancies later and I am still my ol' coffeeholic self. Enjoy your time while pregnant.

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D.Y.

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Hi J.

I drank 2 cups of coffee per day while I was pregnant with both of my kids (5 yrs and 1 yr)and they were just fine. Both are normal, healthy kids. None of which were colic. That's just me though ;-)

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J.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi J.. I am a coffee lover too. I have to admit I drank about 1 cup a day when I was pregnant with both my boys (now 3 and 19 months) and they didn't have any colic. Not saying that it was absolutely a good idea but I spoke to my doctor and read up on it and it just didn't seem like it was a problem to have a little bit every morning.

M.H.

answers from Harrisburg on

J.,

I drank about a cup of coffee a day my entire pregnancy (sometimes none, sometimes a little more), and nothing happened to my son in regards to colic or anything else. I don't know if this helps, but it was what my experience was! Congrats and good luck! ~M.

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N.K.

answers from Allentown on

Hi J.
I had 3 toddlers when I was pregnant so I had to drink coffee or I would of passed out. I think a cup or 2 is fine! I avoided it in the 1st trimester. Good luck. N.

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T.G.

answers from York on

Hey J. - I drank coffee with both my pregnancies and had no issues. I'm a L&D nurse and sometimes recommend to patients that an 8 oz cup in the morning may also help constipation as it is a gastrointestinal stimulant. Everything in moderation. Too much caffeine can cause dehyration which leads to contractions. Hope this helps.

T.

A.J.

answers from Williamsport on

My doctor insisted that coffee was fine unless extremely excessive. Still, for my first, I didn't drink it. For my second, I said, "screw this" and drank one or two weak cups a day every day in the morning. My baby isn't collicky or nervous or anything. Have some yummy delicious coffee!

T.E.

answers from Reading on

Congrats! Haven't read other moms responses. All I can tell you is that I had a cup of coffee everyday with all three of my children and none had colic. #3 I actually had 2 cups a day toward the end and she is the most laid back and easy going of all.

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K.S.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I did drink coffee while I was pregnant. However, recent studies have linked caffeine to miscarriage. Google caffeine and miscarriage and you will find it. I think an occasional cup would be okay, but it is a little scary! If you have risk, I would avoid it.

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L.M.

answers from Harrisburg on

I am not a coffee drinker, but I couldnt never give up my Coke. I drank Coke, usually 1 or 2 cans/day, with all 3 of my pregnancies. I tried to drink only 1/day during the 1st trimester and then increased it to 2 druing the 2nd/3rd, knowing the 1st trimester is the most important for development. I didnt have trouble with colic with any of my children. They have all been very healthy, very good sleepers, with no stomach issues.
I did have one misarrage, but I do not believe it was caffiene related.
Congratulations!

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