As Dr. Callie Torres struggled to give up coffee during her pregnancy on a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy, it rang so true for me and I’m guessing for many of you.
I was scared into forgoing my savoured morning latte during my first pregnancy. That first trimester, anything I read linking caffeine to miscarriages, preterm labor, or low birth weight had me swearing off that morning espresso. (Anything I read during the first trimester had me scared, full stop.) While my husband would brew his own little pot of some delicious dark roast he picked up from our local coffee shop, I was stuck with the no-flavour, no-aroma decaffeinated option from Tesco. It was the weakest substitute for coffee. I couldn’t stand it.
So I gave up trying to give up caffeine. Does that make me selfish?
I stuck to one shot of espresso a day with lashings of frothed whole milk. Yum. I was able to start my lovely morning routine in my second trimester (because I spent so much of the first throwing up) and I never looked back. At the time, I felt like my body was going through so many changes that there should be one part of my routine I’m allowed to keep. And coffee is amazing. It makes me a happy, alert, high-functioning member of society. Me not on coffee? Not a pretty thing.
I think that the bottom line is everything in moderation. How about you?