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How hard should I try not to have the third coffee I crave?
If you are worried about the amount of caffeine you are drinking then you should gradually change to decaff. Try half caff first then full decaff. My dear mum has had to give up her beloved coffee because she was getting quite frightening palpitations.
Anyway, unless you're heart's racing or your covered in cellulite, I'd just go with it. But the half'n'half decaff is a good plan - if like me you're a grind your own beans person (i REALLY like coffee!) then it doesn't affect the taste much but does cut down the toxins or whatever tis.
btw I think there are stories out there that prove coffee is good for you. But then there's research to prove everything, isn't there?!
The current pregnancy guidelines say up to 3 coffees a day is fine (although warns that shop coffees may have double shots of espresso and count as two).
Unless you're getting nervous twitches or UTIs or something, why not?
I pretty much gave up coffee for a couple years as it badly irritated my bladder (tea was a bit better), but once I got pregnant I was on three skinny lattes a day - no side-effects but I was bloody knackered and needed the caffiene!
I drink 2 mugs of rocket-fuel in the morning and that's it. Any more and I get the coffee quakes! If it is making you shudder and shake, then you are probably drinking too much. If you are feeling fine, 3 cups of frankly not particularly strong coffee aren't going to hurt! Tea is ok in an emergency!