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    Question Is Decaf ok?

    I more or less stopped drinking coffee when I fell pg, apart from the occasional one. Lately I have been drinking a cup of decaf in the mornings when I get to work - I just like the taste of coffee! Is there anything else wrong with coffee, or is it only the caffeine? In which case is it ok that I sometimes have two cups of decaf a day?


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    I drank decaf and it was fine I don't think there's any problems as far as I know!

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    I drink full strength but only on the odd occassion. I never knew that coffee was a no no......opps!

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    Heh heh. Kim, I'm told that too much caffeine is linked to low birthweight and FTT.
    It sounds like I shouldn't worry too much about it, though. My mum said that she drank heaps of coffee when she was pg with me and my brother and sister...

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    I've had 2 caffinated drinks a day approximately throughout this PG and with Matilda as well. She was almost 9lb when born and this baby isn't much smaller

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    I think they only tell you to cut down if you have more than three non-decaffinated coffee's a day..... I generally have about one coffee per day and a glass of coke as well

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    I don't know what the procedure is like to make it decaf. I've heard that a lot of chemicals are involved. I've been only having the odd decaf for that reason. I do miss the coffee! I know with me that caffeine affects me quite badly, I got a faster heartbeat. I don't think this would be good for bubba and I've heard drinking alot of coffee increases the risk of miscarriage?

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    Decaff is allowed. Some caffeine is OK, I think it's something like 2 cups of coffee a day, 3 cups of tea OR 600g of chocolate - or a mix of them all.

    About 20 years ago there was no coffee restriction, so we're all caffeine'd up babies anyway... like all else, it's just a case of moderation.

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    sweetpeajan, thats exactly what the midwives told me at the hospital, that there were so many chemicals used to decafinate the coffee that it was just as bad as having a caffinated beverage. I did go out & find that certain coffee's have more or less caffine in them, and I found 1-2 organic decafinated blends that I could tolerate. I *think* that Gloria Jeans medium roast beans actually have a very low caffine count, which is why that is what we drink when I am pregnant & breastfeeding.

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    I was having a cup or 2 of organic decaf (beans) until I couldn't stomach it anymore due to heartburn. It's instant coffee, both full strength and 'unleaded' that uses nasty chemical to get it to dissolve. I think they're now more worried about all the caffeinated 'soft' drinks like red bull, V etc as they have stacks more caffeine than coffee.

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    Caffeine is said to increase the risk of very early miscarriage as it is suggested that high levels of caffeine (ie 6 cups of coffee a day) can inhibit sucessful impalntation into the uterine wall.......but that is only in very early pregnancy.

    So if you want to give up caffeine for the good of your health/baby, it would be best to give up/cut down whilst you are TTC.

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    Hello, do they still sell HAG instant coffee? I drank that -sometimes- when PG with DD, because they use some filtered water process to decaffeinate it and not the chemicals.

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    HAG instant coffee?! Wow, somebody needs to rethink that marketing strategy!
    Oo, I like the sound of that Gloria Jeans, Christy.

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    Hadn't heard about low birth weight linked to caffeine, but definately read that caffeine can increase the risk of m/c.

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    I found out that Vittoria have a decaf coffee that is chemical free. I don't think it's available in all supermarkets though. I've tried it, it tastes pretty average but it's better than nothing

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    I've switched to decaf but I only have the 1 coffee a day (in the morning). So I probably didn't really need to switch.
    I also buy caffiene-free diet coke or pepsi. I'm normally a pepsi-max drinker so the caffiene free is a nice compromise.

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    With the chemicals, it depends on the decaffination process they use - it is a common misconception that all decaffinated coffe uses chemicals and is therefore bad for you. What you need to look for is that they use the "Swiss water decaffination method" - it will state on the coffee somewhere if they use this method. There are some very good organic, fair-trade, rainforest-friendly, swiss-water-decaffinated coffees out there that taste really good - for those in Sydney, I like Toby's Estate "Cascadia" which you can buy whole bean or ground to your liking. (sorry, I am a bit of a "coffee snob")

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    Thanks sportychick. Where can I find this brand of coffee?

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