I love coffee. The smell, the taste. Coffee in a cup, as a flavour in ice cream or cake. But I'd like to think I also have a healthy relationship with the stuff. I don't need it to get going in the morning. It never used to be this way - the manager at a VERY busy Tim's in downtown Calgary knew my order, even when I left work for over a year. He knew me when I came back. (I can't drink Tim's coffee anymore though....gross. The only reason I walk into a McD's is for their coffee). In fact I do my best work and meet some great people when I go to my local coffee shop for a mug of their amazing coffee!
When you're trying to get pregnant, there is so much information out there (do this, don't do that can't you read the sign?). So, what should you do when it comes to your coffee intake? Well, that's entirely up to you.
- Caffeine enters the ovary, uterus and fallopian tubes along with just about every other tissue. It has been found in newly fertilized eggs & embryos. It crosses the placenta giving developing babies their own tiny buzz. - The Nurses Study found that caffeine from soft drinks (but not coffee or tea), diminished fertility in general - There are mixed study results on caffeine; some show that under 300mg (so, 2-3 cups, a cup being 250mL), had no effect on fertility, successful pregnancy or fetal develops and others showed a slightly delayed pregnancy and a small risk to a developing child. Imbibing in a lot of caffeine in a day may increase the risks of miscarriage, preterm deliver and low birth weight - but there is no solid evidence confirming this. - When all cases of infertility were looked at, women in the high caffeine group (400mg + a day), were about 20% more likely to have had trouble getting pregnant - Those who drank 2 or more caffeinated sodas a day were 50% more likely to have experienced ovulatory infertility than those who drank less than 1 a week - Caffeine has been shown to improve swimming abilities in sperm, but it is unknown how it effects sperm development
Does this sound like you?
- You can't start your day without it
- You need a caffeine boost in the afternoon to get through
- You experience headaches if you miss your daily dose
If you answered yes to any of these (or ALL!) you should consider cutting back or out.
One of the easiest ways is a slow substitution to decaf, slowly replacing your fully caffeinated to decaf over a period of time!
If coffee has become an issue in your life or you have concerns about your caffeine intake, and you could use some help, you know where to find me!
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