Have been reading what to eat and what to avoid during pg, but not really any specific details on how much tea you are allowed. I drink tea all day long I could not live without it, but would like to know what my limit is. Does anyone know?
It's more to do with your total caffine intake throughout the day, so if you only drink tea, and don't drink coffee / eat chocolate etc, then accordint to the NHS official advice, you can have two mugs of tea. See here. But not a good idea to then have a coffee, can of coke and a chocolate bar too!
haha thanks for the advice! I drink way more than 2 cups of tea but your right about not drinking coffee/ eating choc (altho DP buys choc and eats it on the sofa next to me so how can i resist?!) I very rarely drink coke as tends to make me feel a bit queazy. I think as this is my first pg i'm being very strict with myself, prob too strict really! i've read that people who dont know they are pg and still smoking/drinking/handling cat poo etc and they were fine so think i prob just need to relax lol.
I read that if you stew the tea bag for 30-40 seconds in a bit of boiled water, pour that water away and then re-fill the cup, it takes away 80% of the caffine as nearly all the caffine is released into the water in that first 40 seconds. Can't hurt to try! :-)
I think the official advice (from FSA) is no more than 200 mg of caffeine per day, which equates to about 2 or 3 mugs or tea. A mug of tea contains about 75mg apparently. But add on some chocolate or diet coke and you have blown the limit.
Id rather cut out choc than tea and thats saying something! I am doing my best to cut it down though. I didnt even realise how many things you couldnt eat, then I forget and eat them anyway. Maybe i should make a list and pin it up in the kitchen?
Its very reassuring to know people in the same position who still drink tea and are fine, gives me hope! Thanks for all your help everyone, if there is anything else you think i should know/ warn me about dont hesitate!
I think it's all about your attitude to risk. There's no such thing as the perfect pregnancy diet - just different diets that put your baby at more or less risk, or encourage it to grow optimally or less optimally.
Personally, I did try to follow most of the food recommendations (PFB?!) but didn't beat myself up when I had a small glass of champagne at a friend's wedding in my last trimester, or coudln't remember if a particular cheese was ok or not when I was out. I had two cups of tea a day, and sometimes a bit of chocolate, which was the same as when I wasn't preggers.
The two links on this thread tell you pretty much everything you need to know, then it's up to you to decide to what extent you want to follow the guidance!
Ill def buy some decaff tea, im doing pretty well with remembering which foods i can and cant eat. I guess as its my first im more concerned about the risks and just want everything to go right. Listening to peoples advice who have been through it all before really helps and prepares me a bit better so keep it coming!
So the cuppa and 4-fingered dark choc kitkat I've just had has probably used my quota for the day
I was completely addicted to Dairy Milk with DD1 and ate bricks of the stuff...however i normally have 2 or 3 very weak cups of tea in a day, and every now and then a yummy (decaf if i remember)latte or something somewhere as a treat.
I find that the smaller the decision, the more I stress about it! I agreed to marry DH as soon as he asked, but we spend ages and ages researching the best pushchair / car insurance / electricity company etc!
haha yeah omg im the same! Like which packet of biscuits shall i open? and i spend 5 mins deciding, but having a baby i decide in a split second! That reminds me, i still cant decide on the best buggy around nowadays, they are all so technical now, what happened to 4 wheels and a seat?