Caffeine

(21 Posts)
Madratlady Thu 04-Apr-13 17:35:03

How much does Caffeine actually affect the likelihood of conception? I have cut my caffeine intake down but I work a lot of nights so I get tired and I'm just addicted to caffeine so I usually have a couple of energy drinks when I'm on nights, or when I go to the pub with DH instead of drinking alcohol.

It does have quite an impact when it comes to trying to concieve. It makes you twice as likely to miss carry too. It also crosses the placenta if you do get pregnant.

EuroShaggleton Thu 04-Apr-13 18:07:57

mummy can you point to any studies to support the points about the impact on conception and the miscarriage rate? I'd like to read more.

Madratlady Thu 04-Apr-13 18:10:54

I'd also be interested to read up on it. I will try and give up caffeine altogether if I don't conceive this month, if it will make a difference.

mamakirsty Thu 04-Apr-13 18:16:34

hello I did not realise this caffeine information TTC .. yes please Mummy loves lucy can you put a link to.some information please! I love t and coffee but had no idea this caused fertility problems shock

Vakant Thu 04-Apr-13 18:17:40

My understanding is that caffeine isn't actually proven to cause miscarriage, but it is recommended to cut intake to I think one cup of coffee per day when pregnant.

twinklestar2 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:41:21

Is decaf ok?

Brodicea Thu 04-Apr-13 20:18:11

I read this today, it's a proper study, although as they say possibly not without other factors considered:
www.nhs.uk/news/2007/January08/Pages/Caffeineandmiscarriagerisk.aspx

crazyhead Thu 04-Apr-13 20:52:12

As a coffee drinker, I've read loads of different studies on moderate caffeine intake and miscarriage, including one large study that suggested how the entire effect of raised miscarriage amongst caffeine drinkers could be explained by morning sickness - eg morning sickness protects against miscarriage, and people with it are feeling too ill to drink caffeine.

I can't believe what you say about the doubled risk, mummyloveslucy - the NHS will take the well designed studies into consideration in their guidelines and suggest 200mg caffeine a day is fine. Obviously if you're necking 8 Americanos it might be different.

I don't know about conception, I'm sure there is loads of stuff around saying you could try giving up your morning coffee to see if it helps you conceive but it must be gutting giving up small pleasures if you've TTC for ages and when there isn't any real evidence it'll help.

twinklestar2 Thu 04-Apr-13 21:51:52

I drink about 5 cups of decaf tea and coffee a day. I've got into this habit recently. From tomorrow I'm going to cut back to 2 a day. Eeek.

Thisisfreakingmeout Thu 04-Apr-13 22:01:45

I presume decaf is ok. Is that right?

twinklestar2 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:02:42

I'm not sure...

BananaPie Thu 04-Apr-13 22:05:36

Stating the obvious, decaf has not got any caffeine in it

EuroShaggleton Thu 04-Apr-13 22:10:14

Decaf does have caffeine in it, just less than the decaffeinated version.

The article posted indicates an increased mc risk if you have over 200mg a day, which is actually quite a lot, and reflects current NHS guidelines anyway. The report also mentions that the mcing women in the study had other risk factors. I think it's sensible to moderate caffeine intake but not to go daft about it.

twinklestar2 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:27:35

Yep that's right, decaf is decaffeinated not caffeine free.

twinklestar2 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:30:22

I've just googled and 5-10 cups of decaf is the same as drinking 1-2 cups of regular coffee.

Shoegal30 Thu 04-Apr-13 23:59:17

What about diet coke? I don't drink tea or coffee at all but have about 1 glass of diet coke a day.

Trinpy Thu 04-Apr-13 23:59:33

I think there's something in the NICE guidelines about the link between caffeine and fertility, saying nothing's been proven. I can't link to it because I'm on my phone.

I did cut down a bit but after a year off ttc I decided not to stress about it. I also work nights and need my 5am coffee to see me through til hometime.

My GP told me no more than 300mg a day while pregnant and I have checked that elsewhere and that is the guidelines.

I'm not sure but I can't see you needing to have even less than a pregnant person while trying to concieve.

I'd also like to see evidence that just having caffeine and no other contributing factors makes you twice as likely to miscarry. hmm

Nicelife24 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:00:05

well on the baby I lost at 21 weeks all I drank was decaff, but my others I drank normal tea, and were fine, so whos to say it stops anything. I can't see it. Im faffing over everything, Im not giving up my tea lol

Knittingninja Fri 05-Apr-13 19:27:16

There is info on www.glasgowsteps.com/information/health/caffeine.php about amounts of caffeine in different drinks and other things smile

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