I was watching this video on CNN.com 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.