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Caffeine And Pregnancy


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I'm about 15 weeks pregnant, and had been feeling great until today. I woke to extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and legs feeling like they're giving out. I was told by Dr. Grubb and local neuro that midodrine would be fine to take, but, I'm really not comfortable with it. I know many people have continued to take it during pregnancy but I'd really rather not. Before pregnancy, I would normally use caffeine (a few cups of coffee) to raise my BP before resorting to midodrine. Sometimes that did the trick. I still drink one cup of coffee in the morning. I'm told 300mg (about 2-3 cups of coffee) is fine during pregnancy. I guess I'm just wondering how many of you consumed caffeine for low BP during pregnancy.

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I drank one cup of coffee per day during pregnancy. We make strong coffee, so it had more caffeine than a typical restaurant or household cup of coffee. I didn't rely on coffee alone for a blood pressure boost, but it did help.

I hope you can find something that helps you and that you're comfortable with.

Rachel

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Hanna,

Licorice root is not safe to take during pregnancy because it mimics the effect of estrogen and could lead to problems. I have several friends who would have 1 -2 cups of coffee /day during pregnancy and there were no apparent effects from it. I always think it's a good idea to listen to all the advice, but in the end go with your gut instinct.

I didn't drink coffee at all when I was pregnant because I was trying to do everything 'perfectly' according to everything I'd read. Well, in the end, my perfect pregnancy turned into an emergency C-section, two months early because of a freak umbilical cord issue. My son needed resuscitation at birth and guess what one of his early treatments was?...caffeine injections!! I was thinking "what???...I avoided it for seven months and you are injecting him with it".

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