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Will caffeine kill a unborn baby?

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When I learned of my pregnancy, I was drinking one small pot (I have a personal four cup coffee maker) of coffee a day, maybe two and one diet cola a day. The diet soda was the only pure junk item I was still consuming on a regular basis. When I learned of my pregnancy, though, things changed. I started to mix half decaf and half regular coffee (more regular than decaf) and cut my sodas to just a few times a week. Eventually, I eliminated all soda, for the most part, from my diet. My husband wasn't happy about that only because we stocked up on caffeine free diet sodas (root beer, lemon lime, cola) and in February and March and moved several cases in August, on which I'm still working. Since soda is pure junk, I quickly decided that my baby did not need that. However, the diet Sierra Mist did help my heartburn, which was chronic my last month and a half. (Vanilla soy milk and natural diet Hansen's Ginger Ale also helped.) Even during the first month and a half of my daughter's life, ... more
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Hello, Please don't worry yourself, The worry you are putting yourself through will be worse for the baby than theeffects of a few cans of coke. There is very little that will harm your baby within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, as the baby has it's own life line called a yolk sac so isn't yet living off of you. You can get caffeine free diet coke so you could switch to that! Government guidlines seem to be changing all of the time and making being pregnant really difficult and confusing. The new guide says that having just 2 cups of coffee a day can double a womans chance of miscarriage, whereas when I first fell pregnant it was fine to drink 2 cups or a certain amount of caffeine which had to include coke and chocolate. more
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