How to Reduce Caffeine During Pregnancy
The 7-Day Withdrawal-Free, Headache-Free Caffeine Reduction Method
By: Kelby Carr on: Sun 01 of Jul, 2007 [15:07 UTC] (2616 reads)
During pregnancy, a small amount of caffeine is safe, but it is recommended that expecting moms reduce their caffeine to that level. Most caffeinated drinks also provide empty calories and sugar beyond the caffeine. If you're a coffee or soda junkie, this could be tough. Here is a pain-free method for reducing or eliminating your daily caffeine.
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If you regularly drink three venti coffees from Starbucks daily, you will get some nasty headaches if you stop cold turkey. This is especially true during pregnancy, when the hormones of pregnancy cause headaches alone. Instead, wean yourself off more slowly. Take a week or two and reduce your intake.
What may surprise you is, even if you think you need the caffeine to wake up, if it is a long-time habit the decaf versions will probably trick your mind and give you a little boost!
Wean Off of Caffeinated Coffee
- First two days, brew your pot with 3/4 caffeinated coffee and 1/4 decaf.
- Days 3 and 4, make your coffee half and half.
- Days 5 and 6, make 1/4 caffeinated and 3/4 decaffeinated.
- You can stay at this level, or go all the way to decaf starting day 7.
Wean Off of Caffeinated Soda
- Days 1 and 2, replace one out of four sodas with a decaf version or an alternative decaffeinated drink like water or juice (orange juice is a good choice to get that needed Folic Acid!).
- Days 3 and 4, replace half your sodas with decaf drinks.
- Days 5 and 6, replace three out of four sodas with decaffeinated drinks.
- You can stay at this level, or go for broke and ditch all the caffeinated sodas.
Wean Off of Caffeinated Tea
- First two days, replace one out of four teas with a decaf tea.
- Days 3 and 4, replace half of your caffeinated teas with decaffeinated teas.
- Days 5 and 6, have one caffeinated tea and three decaffeinated teas.
- Stay at this level, or go all-decaf!