For this pregnancy, I’m hooked on to coffee. Knowing that coffee is bad for expecting women, I’ve opted for decaf coffee instead. Though decaf, it’s been quite satisfying for me 🙂
I have a colleague who is a person who just googles for everything, including about what we chat during the day. Our topic for the day was “no energy”.
Anyway, my colleague skipped coffee this morning and she has been feeling somewhat lethargic all day. She says her brain is not functioning today and she can’t get her work done. I told her that it must be the caffeine withdrawal symptoms.
She wiki-ed and found this …Withdrawal symptoms—possibly including headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints—may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake, peak at roughly 48 hours.
She also wiki-ed on decaf coffee and found this …Decaffeinated coffee is also regarded as a potential health risk to pregnant women due to the high incidence of chemical solvents used to extract the caffeine. The impact of these chemicals is debated, however, as the solvents in question evaporate at 80–90 °C, and coffee beans are decaffeinated before roasting, which occurs at approximately 200 °C. As such, these chemicals, namely trichloroethane and methylene chloride, are present in trace amounts at most, and may not pose a significant threat to embryos and fetuses.
The first sentence was a surprise. Reading on, I felt relieved. There is a risk, though it’s not proven yet. So, I guess I can still continue drinking decaf … hehehe …