5 Simple Tips to Quit Caffeine During Pregnancy (and maybe for good!)
Posted on 20 January 2017
So we know that caffeine during pregnancy isn't a complete no-no...
However, American Pregnancy Association recommends that pregnant women consume less than 200mg of caffeine/day (about what you'd find in a 12 oz cup of coffee.)
The reason for this recommendation is that caffeine blocks the absorption of folic acid, which is extremely critical for neural tube and brain development (especially during the first few weeks of pregnancy.)
So if you're thinking about getting pregnant, or are currently pregnant, you might decide that you want to quit caffeine altogether.
This actually might have some major benefits for you (other than having a healthy baby!) especially if you guzzle coffee like it's your job.
Too much caffeine actually leaves us more tired and irritable than if we just took some simple steps to beat the addiction in the first place.
It can cause trouble sleeping, anxiety, skin irritation, inflammation, jitters, and more.
No thank you!!
If you decide you want to quit the caffeine habit during pregnancy (and maybe for good) here are some simple steps to make the transition easier!
1. Wean yourself off.
If you don't feel like cutting cold turkey, take a few days to scale your intake back, or try a beverage like green tea, then implement the steps we've outlined here.
2. Sip on something warm in the morning.
Chamomile tea or a cozy almond milk turmeric latte are perfect. (Unless of course you're a fan of iced coffee, in which case you should try iced herbal tea, refreshing infused water, or something similar.)
3. Eat healthy snacks.
When you find yourself feeling the afternoon slump, reach for a piece of fruit or some yummy guac to fuel you. This will leave you feeling better than a cup of coffee ever could have.
4. Take some power naps.
Or at least go to bed at a decent hour! Being well-rested will help you fight the urge to give in to that 2 o'clock cup of Joe.
5. Try prenatal yoga, a light jog, or a brisk walk for an energy boost.
Physical activity can leave you sharper and more alert than sitting in your chair all day will. Bonus points if you get outside to breathe some fresh air
Whether you choose to completely quit caffeine during your pregnancy or not, make sure that you stay below 200 mg/day for safety of your baby!