Monday, January 21, 2008

And speaking of harmful chemicals...

There is no treat I like better than Dr. Pepper, and specifically Dr. Pepper with Sonic ice (you know the kind with crunchy little balls) in a styrofoam cup! I never feel too bad about it, even when I'm pregnant since my book says 2 cups of coffee a day are ok- which is equal to 5 cans of soda, and I usually don't have more than 1 or 2, but today there's a new study out that makes it harder to justify! On they news they said 200mg of caffeine (or 5 12oz cans of pop) a day will double your risk of miscarriage. Yikes! And that caffeine readily crosses the placenta, but it's hard for their little bodies to metabolize it. Ok, I guess I've always known it wasn't good, but it has made me look at it a little differently... I've had 2 miscarriages before, but I know I didn't touch caffeine with the first one, and I'm not sure on the second one, but it happened really early and I know I didn't drink it daily then either. And I drank it plenty with my last 2 babies and they turned out fine. So there you go- if you wanted to know the facts about caffeine when you're pregnant, that's what I know. I'm not ready to swear it off completely for the next 3 months (and if you think that makes me a bad mom, don't tell me!) but I am taking it more seriously now dang it!

6 comments:

Lyndsay said...

Well, you're in the home stretch, and Charlie is much tougher now. And if you are having a day when your body says "I need a Dr. Pepper" (that's what mine says sometimes!), then what are you gonna do?! :)

I LOVE me some DP.

Shauna said...

And since today is your birthday you definitely get one today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

McDonald Army Brats*** said...

happy birthday! I still dream about diet coke. I would rather have diet coke than FOOD! I stopped drinking it cold turkey though. I figure that after seeing how well it cleans off my battery cables on my car...what the HECK does it do to my body? Laugh at me if you may, but I think eventually they are going to link caffeine with alzheimers, and if not that something major! Just my thinking.....but yes I still dream about my diet coke. yum yum.

McDonald Army Brats*** said...

Oh and that sonic ice ROCKS!!!!!

Sarah's Nonsense said...

i'm not much of a dp fan, myself, but there must be something about it! I know so many people who are OBSESSED! Haven't I heard somewhere that it's doubly dangerous to forbid someone their obsession in their third trimester than anything else?

emidinkl said...

Like you said- your kids turned out great. So don't beat yourself up. Roger always told me that there are moms on drugs with babies that turn out fine. There are worse things than Dr. Pepper: )