Monday, January 21, 2008

Just a cup of coffee?

I was watching this video on this morning and it reminded me how fragile pregnancy really is. I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks which I am sure was probably due to a genetic abnormality or the low hormone levels the doctor found when he checked me the next day. I got pregnant with Bear the following month and had a relatively uneventful pregnancy until he was born at 32 weeks 5 days.

I remember reading all the pregnancy books before we started trying and reading all those no-no lists for pregnancy. No shellfish, no sushi, no riding a bike in the third trimester, etc. I knew that caffeine was one of those dangers but I had no idea it doubled your miscarriage rate. I did cut out all caffeine my 1st trimester with the exception of the small amount in chocolate. I slowly let myself have the occasional coke or glass of tea when I got farther into my second trimester but I was still very cautious. Some people told me that I was going a little overboard as a cup of coffee wouldn't hurt the baby. I don't know about you guys but my typical cup of coffee is a minimum of 12 oz. Especially since I drank an average of 3 cups a day before I got pregnant. That can be a lot of caffeine. I know now that I did the right thing in cutting it all out even if people thought I was a little paranoid.


newduck said...

I agree that I'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to miscarriage, however, the New York Times had some interesting things to say about the caffeine study. The link to the article is ridiculously long so I won't post it here, but it's still on their cover page online. The part I found most interesting was:
"Dr. Li said the study answered an important question that previous research had left unresolved. Women who have morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than those who do not, possibly because the same hormonal changes that cause nausea and vomiting contribute to a healthy pregnancy. But some researchers said morning sickness could lead to confusing results in caffeine studies. These researchers argued that because they feel ill, some women may consume less caffeine. That tendency may make it appear that they are less likely to miscarry because they avoid caffeine, when the reason is actually that they began with healthier pregnancies."

Just a thought.

MacKenzie said...

Not related to miscarriages or caffeine, but I wanted to tell you that this weekend I made the corn casserole recipe you left on my WFMW post and it was delicious. Thanks a bunch.