Coffee ot tea better while pregnant?

United States
July 8, 2007 8:26am CST
I was just curious if anyone knew about caffeine and which is better when you are pregnant.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Many herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated, those for the most part are safe while pregnant. Of course if there is a questionable ingrediant you should look into it before drinking that type of tea. Decaf coffee in moderation is probably OK during pregnancy, but it is a natural diaretic (can't spell today, makes you pee) and dehydration during pregnancy is not good for you or baby. Coffee with caffeine in very limited quantities probably isn't all that bad for you, but it's not healthy either. If you are a daily coffee drinker before becoming pregnant, quitting cold turkey may be uncomfortable & hard for you. But weaning & cutting back slowly is probably a good idea.
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• United States
9 Jul 07
I am a daily coffee drinker and somehow I got up to drinking more than I care to admit. I am trying to cut back down again. I am not pregnant yet and didn't know if it would be better to switch out a cup of coffee for tea instead. Thank you for you response!
@hijas007 (1386)
• India
8 Jul 07
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• United States
9 Jul 07
I had never thought about using coffee on my skin before. I do know it is a mild diaretic so I do drink tons of water throughout the day as well. Partly because I just drink that much water and partly because I am trying to counter the effects of the coffee.
@AmbiePam (48123)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Actually, health experts say to stay away from all caffeine while pregnant. You were asking which had less caffeine, right? Well, if a person wants to drink caffeine and those are the two options, I am fairly sure that tea has less caffeine. It also depends of course on the brand. : )
• United States
9 Jul 07
Coffee and tea are both natural to an extent. I am trying to weigh the pros and cons of drinking one or the other. I typically drink coffee and a lot during the day. As I am cutting back I didn't know if it would be better to switch a cup to tea instead of coffee. I guess I should just read some labels in the grocery store. Thank you for your response!
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
Im not really sure, I presume that tea would be better though. I know that I am addicted to coffee and had no choice to drink it whilst pregnant. I can not even stand the smell of tea..
@olyngurl (149)
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
Based on what i have read.. Drinking morning coffee would be okey but not too much.. If you drink too much of it it will harm the baby.. But if you are not so sure about it just avoid drinking coffee and tea.. alright...
@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
11 Jul 07
Caffeine and pregnancy do not mix that well - the health risks associated with too much coffee or caffeine during pregnancy are widely documented by health professionals. Pregnant mothers should drink no more then 4 cups of coffee per day. Research has found that drinking over 300mg can lead to low birth weights and increase the risk of miscarriage. Mothers should be aware that caffeine is found in lots of food and drinks, from chocolate to your favorite soft drink like Cola, and even tea. Caffeine also affects other areas of pregnancy which can include a delayed conception for those trying to conceive and the heart rate of the fetus can also be affected if too much caffeine is absorbed by mother during pregnancy. It goes without saying that if you're pregnant or have concerns over your caffeine intake to reduce it or simply cut out those cups of coffee, tea and soft drinks and there is little if anything to worry about, but if you're feeling anxious about consuming caffeine during pregnancy it is wise to seek advice from a medical professional who can advise you on your particular diet.
• United States
10 Jul 07
I suppose a little of anything couldn't hurt you. However, both do have caffiene in them. Tea has about half the caffiene so maybe that would be a better option. You could talk it over with your OB/Gyn. When I was pregnant, I went cold turkey off of coffee and tea, but when the baby didn't come out on time, I started drinking it again. i can just imagine all the hate mail I'll be getting now. But, it was difficult waiting that extra month! LOL!
@TiffanieC (827)
• United States
10 Jul 07
Actually, it was once thought that you need to stay away from caffine 100% but now it's known you can have SOME in moderation while pregnant. Coffee has more in it then tea though. Herbal tea has even less. I would discuss this with your Dr. though and see what is best for YOUR body and lifestyle. ***NOTE***If you had lots of caffine before getting pregnant it's better to slowly take yourself off it and not stop it cold.. that can cause withdrawl which can cause probs for the baby.
@GINAGINA (12)
• United States
9 Jul 07
I'm assuming tea is a watered down version of any caffeine. I am currently pregnant and LOVE coffee, I was drinking it (less that 2 cups a day) until recently. Someone mentioned how the baby becomes addicted to caffeine and suffers from withdrawal after they are born- eh, not sure how true this is but definitely sounds like it could be. So, I stopped drinking coffee for about a month now. I did try tea, however, and besides it helping in making you run to the restroom, it didn't have much of a caffeine lift to me.
@jojogirl (289)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
i used to drink a lot of decaf coffee during the duration my pregnancy. you really have to stay away from caffeine when you are pregnant because too much caffeine causes calcium loss, and we all know that calcium is very essential to pregnant women. you are trying to make your bones healthy and at the same time helping to build the bones of your baby so you really need an extra amount of calcium, and the excretion of calcium caused by too much caffeine won't help.
@aj2006 (1536)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
I remeber when I was pregnant, I was told to stop drinking too much coffee, I sip some tea once a week.. My prenatal drink was Anmum chocolate.. I can't take taking milk that time so, I choose the chocolate flavor, it works for me..
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
9 Jul 07
My doctor had told me that tea was better. However, I do know that caffeine of any form should be limited. When I was pregnant with my son, I eliminated all caffeine. I did drink a soda or a coffee once a week though. That was my choice though. I'm pretty sure you can drink it daily, just limited. I'm sure people don't even follow that rule though, and everything probably turns out fine.