Decaf Coffee Capsules and Pregnancy
Please note that this article is for general reading and should not replace advice from your health care provider.
One of the first things women prepare to say goodbye to when we see those two pink lines on our pregnancy tests is caffeine. These women will swear off anything that has caffeine in it from coffee, and soda to even chocolate.
Our grannies and moms will most likely tell us that they drank the same quantity of caffeine pregnant as they did when they were not pregnant and their kids turned out fine. A lot more research has actually been done since then, and research has showed that too much caffeine can cause some problems such as preterm labor and/or low birth weight.
So just how much caffeine is excessive during pregnancy?
Doctors are telling their clients that a moderate amount of caffeine will not damage their infants. Although caffeine does cross the placenta, anything less than 200 milligrams a day (an 8 ounce cup of strong coffee or an espresso) will not do any harm. Anything over 200 milligrams may put your infant at risk and research studies have likewise shown that women who drink more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day during their first trimester have a slightly higher risk of a miscarriage.
But let's get to the point. The big question on every woman's mind when they get pregnant: Can I drink coffee when I'm pregnant?
Research studies have likewise revealed that females who had over 500 milligrams of caffeine a day had children who had faster heart rates and faster breathing rates. These babies also spent more time awake in their very first couple of days of life rather than in harmony sleeping after their long journey.
So the short answer is yes, you can, but it should be decaf or just a small amount.
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There are a number of other factors why we women may want to cut back on the amount of caffeine we drink throughout pregnancy. For example, caffeine is a stimulant which will increase your heart rate and can cause insomnia and headaches which can put some stress on both you and your growing little one. If you have been pregnant before, you know that heartburn can be a concern to start with, and caffeine sometimes makes it worse.
So take it from the mothers here at Moving Beans - stick with caffeine free sodas and decaf coffee. Remember though that decaf coffee still contains small traces of caffeine (less than 3 mg per cup), so make sure you take that into consideration.
So where can I get great decaf coffee to drink while I'm pregnant?!
Good news: you can get it right here! Moving Beans has biodegradable and compostable Nespresso compatible capsules with a delicious Colombian single origin decaf.
Cleanly decaffeinated using the Swiss-water process, it has no harmful solvents and we've used only the highest quality beans and sustainable packaging for our biodegradable Nespresso-compatible capsules!
More About Our Biodegradable & Compostable Capsules
Moving Beans Nespresso®-compatible coffee capsules are fully compostable and biodegradable. They contain no harmful plastic or aluminium and are made completely from plant-based materials.
Once used, you can throw the whole capsule into your general waste or food waste collection bin!
More about Moving Beans Australia:
Moving Beans Australia roasts coffee and manufactures compostable & biodegradable Nespresso-compatible coffee pods locally in Sydney, New South Wales.
Browse the range coffee coffees we have available in Australia and New Zealand here.