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Decaf coffee and pregnancy

A Brief Introduction

The truth is: nothing in the world is so satisfying on a Monday morning as a cup of brew – whether it be to shake into the the first few working hours of the week or to shake off the morning lethargy many of us know all too well.

However this might not be the best of ideas for pregnant moms... Namely, coffee is harmful for pregnant women, and worse still it is even more so for their unborn babies. And since every mom knows that the baby's safety and priorities come first and foremost, there is nothing she would consciously be willing to do, to put its safety and the best of well-beings at risk.

And this is exactly why some pregnant moms consider the option of decaf coffee for the duration of pregnancy.... Which is also the topic of this article. Namely, it takes a closer look at the properties of decaf coffee (those which are relevant to pregnant women, that is) and offers an automatic comparison with the effects a regular morning brew has in store.

Is it safe to drink decaf coffee during pregnancy?

In order to understand its effects, one must fist take a closer look at the properties of decaf coffee, as well as the process of decaffeination.

Bluntly put, a decaf coffee drink is one which is stripped of most of its original caffeine properties and thus their effects as well. Now it is important to stress that the word used here was "most" rather than "all" of its original caffeine content. Because that very word makes all the difference in the big picture.

Namely, no matter how little caffeine is left after the process of decaffing, there is still a small amount which will enter the pregnant mother's system. In fact, it it almost technically impossible to get rid of, since we are, after all, dealing with coffee beans.

Still, seeing as it may not be the best of solutions – if a mom simply is not able to give up the habit –, it is still better than drinking real coffee. It has been proven that a mom having three to four cups of decaf does not cause any potential harm to her baby (nor to herself for that matter), while on the other hand having the same amount of real coffee would in fact so cause pregnancy complications.

So conclusively, decaf may be the way to go if moderation is practiced in a fairly strict manner. Other factors which would further influence the same effects would include the person's own overall health, and the like.

However, to be fair, the following aspect of decaf sheds some light as a fair warning of its subtle but still existing negative traits. 

Could it really be that bad for pregnancy?

The blunt way of answering this question would be: not exactly. No, it isn't harmful in a drastic way but it is no friend of the pregnant mom either. What is meant by this is that it is not directly harmful to the baby if – and only if – it is practiced with moderation. Simply put, having four cups of decaf a day may not cause damage, but increasing the amount to ten cups per day most definitely will.

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