Loading
Welcome to Babble,
Settings
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

MENU

Coffee, I Wish I Knew How to Quit You

Coffee_CaptionI like to think I’m a relatively healthy pregnant lady. I do the stuff we should all be doing to stay healthy, such as limiting junk food, drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods, and getting on my treadmill to walk/waddle several times per week. I’m also careful about pregnancy no-nos so my unborn baby will be healthy: I avoid under-cooked meat, I don’t eat raw fish, I skip my glass of wine with dinner, and I’m obviously not going downhill skiing this winter.

But no matter how healthy I try to be with this pregnancy, there is one habit I just cannot break: I can’t seem to give up my morning cup of coffee.

When pregnant with my daughter over five years ago I was fastidious about all the health rules of pregnancy, as I think many first-time moms usually are. Might that brie be unpasteurized? Pass! Do I want a sip of your beer? No thank you! Caffeine? No way!!!

I look back on it now and I can hardly believe I did it. I gave up coffee for 8 whole months. How did I do it? Now, years later and pregnant with Baby #3, that hot, creamy cup of coffee is like a shining beacon, calling to me from my bed after my two kids pig pile in at 6:10am. When not pregnant I usually drink two cups…one right when I get up and another an hour later. So I’ve been feeling pretty good about reducing my intake to just one small cup.

When I asked about coffee at 7 weeks my OB assured me that one small serving of caffeine each day would not be a problem. Woot! That was all I needed to hear. But the past few weeks I’ve started to feel a bit guilty. Poor Baby #3. Doesn’t he deserve the same maternal dedication that his siblings received?

The fact is, when I was pregnant with my daughter I wasn’t taking care of two other kids. Five years ago, when I went to bed, I went to bed and didn’t get up again. There were no calls for a cup of water or pee accidents at 4am. I wasn’t on my feet all day chasing a preschooler and a toddler and fighting to keep my eyes open during bedtime stories. So maybe it’s okay that I allow myself that one cup in the morning. I think it actually makes me a better mom!

As a compromise, this week I might try to switch to a cup of half-caff. Ugh.

Did you give up coffee when pregnant?

Photo credit: iStock

Read more of Claire’s writing at Rants from MommylandAnd for even more silliness follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest
Tagged as: ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest