I have been craving (and drinking :blush: ) Dr. Pepper A LOT! It really is the one thing that I know will calm my stomach which is big 'cause I'm still pukin' a lot and nauseous all day.
I've been researching caffeine during pregnancy and the consensus is that it's ok in moderation. I don't drink coffee or tea, and I never drink more than a couple sodas a day but I feel so guilty!
Any more input? Anyone else?
01-11-2007, 01:18 PM
Yes, in moderation, I think it's OK. I know some people who drink a ton of soda while PG and others that don't have any caffeiene while PG, and everywhere in between.
I don't have it every day, but will have a can of soda or a cup of coffee once in a while if I heave headache-that really helps. But then again, I'm not much of a caffeine person anyway.
01-11-2007, 01:19 PM
i say if its the only thing working for the puking/nauseoua (sp wrong sry lol) and you are eating a balanced diet then you are fine.
i was drinking 1-2cups coffee PLUS a soda or 2 for awhile and then i cut way back.
01-11-2007, 01:42 PM
Remember that caffeine is also found in chocolate and it can also be found in medicines and other foods in smaller doses.
Here's a really great list of the amount of caffeine in different drinks.
01-11-2007, 01:43 PM
I was drinking LOTS of mountain dew till I got pregnant. My nurse told me to try and limit it to at least 2 a day and still drink lots of water. I did that and it was good I get migraines without it lol
01-11-2007, 01:48 PM
I don't know if my insurance dr's (Kaiser) are just really liberal, but they actually encouraged me to drink caffiene because of my migraines. The nurse suggested double brewed black tea or coffee, another dr suggested drinking a Pepsi first thing in the AM to prevent them later on in the day. I loved Redbull and craved them when pregnant w/ #4 and asking my dr (High Risk OB) and he said it was ok if I had 1, as long as there wasn't a warning on the side of the can reguarding pregnant women (which some energy drinks have!)
I believe over 400mg (which is like 10 sodas) is when there is an increased risk of m/c or breathing issues postnatal.
01-11-2007, 01:55 PM
i stayed away from sodass and icedteas but had a butterfinger bar almost everyday while pg with my son..lol
and with dd i always ate a almond joy but no sodas
01-11-2007, 01:59 PM
I love my coffee and drank it during all four of my pregnancies. I had to stop for a few months w/one b/c I was having so many issues w/anything acidic. I did cut back a bit during the pregnancies, but didn't concern myself that I didn't give it up. BTW - all 4 were healthy pregnancies! :goodvibes:
01-11-2007, 01:59 PM
in moderation. I'm with a pp about caffeine being in more things than we think. I gave up smoking when I was pregnant with my second (gave it up when preg with DD1 but started back up again when she was 7 weeks old)... so I'm entitled to having one addiction. My brother was an idiot at our grandfathers' funeral. I was 7 mo pregnant and my SIL was 7 mo pregnant. I was sitting next to her drinking a coke and you can see her drooling while looking at the coke. So I asked if she wanted some and she said she can't, (my brother) would kill her for having a drop of soda but she was craving it. So I let her have the rest of my soda. :hehe2:
01-11-2007, 02:02 PM
01-11-2007, 02:15 PM
it is okay, in moderation :)
I think the things you can't drink while pregnant, or they don't recommend you drink while pregnant is those energy drinks like red bull, etc.
But I don't think a Dr Pepper once in awhile is going to hurt :)
01-11-2007, 02:17 PM
From what I understand 1 to 2 servings of caffiene a day should be ok while your pregnant.
As an aside, though, watch out for carbonation. I had really reaaly bad MS at the beggining of this pregnancy and the only liquid I wanted or could stomach was gingerale. I found out that carbonation can increase the gas in your system (ie indigestion, etc) so I cut it out and I felt 100 x better!
01-11-2007, 02:27 PM
Chocolate has very little caffeine in it compared to sodas, teas, and coffee. Also the type of coffee will change the amt of caffeine. I was a stickler for not drinking any caffeine while pregnant and I don't drink it now either except for maybe once a month in a soda. I do this b/c my DS reacts severly to caffeine and literally will be up all night. It's good to know that caffeine stays in the babies body longer than in adults because their liver cannot clear it out as quickly. Here is a link to Dr. Sears who has a little info on it:
Tooo funny!!!! I don't think a little hurts, I usually have a glass of coke a day. I HAVE too! lol If you are worried about the caffeine then just get the caffeine free kind!
01-11-2007, 06:35 PM
Dr. pepper is pretty similar to root beer, can you switch? I think root beer is caffeine free!
blessed with boys
01-11-2007, 06:36 PM
I drink it because I'm so addicted I'll get a headache (or migraine, yuk!) without it....
I do have to limit myself to one can of pepsi a day after the baby comes....my babies cant tolerate caffeine, dairy, beans, cabbage, oranges etc while I'm nursing.....sometimes I really want to formula feed. Just kidding, well kinda :laugh:
01-11-2007, 06:38 PM
I drink a Coke a day, plus a couple cups of coffee some days. Cokes are the only think that will curb my heartburn, without taking a bunch of pills that I don't feel are safe. Coke just seems to be the lesser of the evils. :)
Bring on the three headed baby! I've already had an ultrasound and this one (and only one!) has only one head.......so far :lostit:
I've tried other kinds of soda but nothin' does it for me like Dr. Pepper! I've also tried to get caffeine free but the only place I found it was in Utah! (Gotta love the Mormons!) I'm still looking around here. It's the taste of Dr. Pepper 'cause I had some of the caffeine free stuff and it was wonderful, too. All they have here is caffeine free Diet Dr. Pepper and that makes me want to puke just thinking about it. I'm not a big 'diet' anything kind of person.
Thanks for all the input and the reassurance! If I have a 3 headed baby, I won't be the only one! :lostit:
01-11-2007, 09:29 PM
The only thing about soda's that I would caution you against is the sodium content. If you're drinking more than 1 or 2 soda's, the sodium can cause you to dehydrate and possibly throw you into pre-term labor/contractions especially if you are in your second or third trimester. I found Diet Rite has no sodium at all, and once you get used to the taste, is not bad. I don't like sugared soda's myself so it wasn't a big transition, and I still drink it now even though I'm not pg.
01-11-2007, 09:41 PM
I'm addicted to soda...although I have cut back since PG i still indulge in one at least once a day or every other day...i try to remember to drink water also!
01-12-2007, 01:01 AM
About Dr. Pepper... I never drink anything other than Coke. Never have. Until I got pg. In my first trimester, I craved Dr. Pepper like crazy!
My husband's theory? There are x-amount (I can never remember) of different types of sugars. Most soft drinks contain different combinations of these. He thinks that by craving Dr. Pepper, my body was telling me to consume a certain type of sugar that Coke doesn't have.
I don't know how accurate his theory is, but I figured I'd throw it out that. :)
01-12-2007, 02:24 AM
you'll be ok, baby will be ok :goodvibes: I def utilize caffeine when I need it. I get hideous migranes anyway no matter what and sometimes it helps me soo much. I also have days where coffee is the only thing that keeps me going with my rugrats and I am soo thankful for it lol, it keeps me sane. I also have tea sometimes too. :hugs:
01-12-2007, 03:07 AM
I am from Texas, and so is DrPepper!
I love DrPepper, but because I'd rather eat a meal than drink one I have to do diet. (I count calories - sometimes)
01-12-2007, 05:28 AM
I am a major Mt Dew addict. I am trying to recover and can go days without one now. But the second I step into a store, I buy one. I don't keep it in the house though or I will drink it ALL day. One or two a day is fine.
01-12-2007, 09:50 AM
I LOOOOVE coffee, but while I'm pg and bfing I limit it to two cups (which is about a mug and a quarter) a day. I do eat chocolate pretty much every day, though. I really enjoy Pepsi, and every once in a while I'll indulge in one of those, but it's a special treat (as much for the empty calories as the caffeine). Anyway, I've consumed coffee and chocolate with each of my kiddos and each was a healthy, full-term baby.
01-12-2007, 10:04 AM
I drink a Coke or Cherry Coke once a day to every other day. It is sometimes the only thing I want. I can't stand the noncaffeine cokes...they just taste so flat. The carbonated part really help when I was dealing with m/s and now it still really helps calms my stomach. Just remember to drink a ton of water too though. I think someone above mentioned dehydration, which is why I always make sure to drink a little more water (if it's possible!) on the days when I have a soda. Just be smart about it!
01-12-2007, 11:15 AM
I write as I sit here drinking my second cup of coffee today:zzz:
I didn't drink any with my first pregnancy, a tiny bit with my second.. Lately, I've drank a cup a day.. sometimes 2.. depending on how tired I am :blush:
01-12-2007, 06:49 PM
I drink about 1/2 a pop a day, I have to have pop with my dinner its like a must but I can never finish a whole one so its like half, b/c after I'm done eating I don't want pop then I want water.
01-12-2007, 09:28 PM
cherry coke cures morning sicknesss at least it did for me:laugh:
01-12-2007, 09:57 PM
I've tried other kinds of soda but nothin' does it for me like Dr. Pepper! I've also tried to get caffeine free but the only place I found it was in Utah! (Gotta love the Mormons!) [/QUOTE]
Maybe becuase of the LDS-centered university here (Southern Virginia U... my alma mater) we have diet and regular coke and pepsi in the caffine free variety....diet and caffine free Mt. Dew (and the regular kind caffine free) AND caffine-free diet dr. pepper and regular caffine-free dr. pepper.
I never drink caffine. Ever. (It's a "Mormon thing" I'm a stickler for... yes, I'm Mormon..).... but I ALSO gave up diet drinks (well... aspertime) when I was pregnant and almost went nutty. My MIL brought me a caffine-free diet Dr. Pepper while I was still in the hospital after DS was born!
mmm.. caffine-free dr. pepper....
01-12-2007, 11:05 PM
I dont drink caffine at all. Its a religious thing. But when i was pregnant i weaned myself off and i havent gone back to it since. Ive also gone off of stuff with aspertame as well. I feel so much better! Im a choclate addict as well and ithats been the hardest thing to give up.lol
01-13-2007, 12:11 AM
I guess I'm lucky, I can drink and eat anything and it doesn't seem to upset my baby at all, I'm breastfeeding
I think one of the major reasons why in the 80's and even 90's they said NO caffeine was because of the heart rate issue, like not bringing your heart rate up to 140 bpm because the baby would start to lose oxygen, which they have now since found out is false so now they say its ok up to 300mg of caffine which is 3 cups(cups measuringwise) of coffee which is actually a lot
01-13-2007, 08:57 AM
I use to addicted to pop bad.....when pregnant I tried to do one or two cans a day, but if I craved more did caffeine free....caffeine free pepsi is really good I craved it alot while preggo.
I don't know if it means anything or not but I HAVE to have a pop when I wake up and the last few days my pop just tastes funny like not that good.....I hope maybe it's early food aversion signs of pregnancy.