I Don’t Want to Give Up My Coffee

I Love Coffee


I know that caffeine is considered a no-no during ttc and pregnancy, but I never knew why until I bothered to google it and found this article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/226218.php which I copied and pasted below. My relationship with coffee goes back to when I was just a kid–my Mom drank black coffee ALL DAY LONG, which may or may not be the secret to how she ran a home daycare AND my Dad’s business AND took care of everybody, including the cats and cockatiel. I started drinking coffee at age 16, when I developed a crush on a skateboarder I knew from school, who worked in his gay uncle’s short-order diner. The gay is inserted before uncle, because the uncle encouraged the artsy-angsty (LBGT) university-bound youth of our town to sit and sip coffee while they contemplated life and wrote poetry and made art, whereas the totally not gay misogynistic owner (who I ended up working for a couple years later) kicked all of these colorful artsy types out because he didn’t like “their type” they would sit and drink coffee for hours without buying food–such a dick. I’m glad that I got to witness the diner in it’s pre-misogynistic era, and meet some of those amazing people; I was exposed to culture for the first time in my life (no offense to my parents). Oh, and the whole reason I went to the diner was to drool over this skateboarder I had a crush on. The most intimate I ever got with him though, was smoking my first blunt in the closet at the diner (don’t judge me) with him and two other people. But I digress. I went to the diner to begin my relationship with a boy, but instead I began my relationship with coffee (and ‘mary jane’) at the tender age of 16. I proceeded to spend countless hours having intense (caffeine-fueled) philosophical conversations with friends and strangers in coffee shops. I discovered Starbucks when I moved to Honolulu at age 21 (I’m really telling you too much but c’est la vie) and I have probably spent a semester’s tuition on their special brand of crack. My favorite wedding present was my (beloved) Keurig. I LOVE COFFEE. And the thing is, both of the cycles that I got pregnant, I was drinking coffee with abandon (although not as much as I did in college, good Lord I could easily drink 3 pots a day back then!) And I’ve also quit coffee for several cycles, and nothin’ happened. So, I googled (in vain) “coffee good for conception” and I got nothing. Nobody will tell you that coffee is good for conception and pregnancy. Au contraire, coffee is the problem, not the solution. But…I don’t think I’m ready to give up my morning cup at this time. Ask me again in a few days after I get that BFN. Paix

Caffeine reduces muscle activity in the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from a woman’s ovaries to her womb. “Our experiments were conducted in mice, but this finding goes a long way towards explaining why drinking caffeinated drinks can reduce a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant,” says Professor Sean Ward from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, USA. Ward’s study is published today in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

Human eggs are microscopically small, but need to travel to a woman’s womb if she is going to have a successful pregnancy. Although the process is essential for a successful pregnancy, scientists know little about how eggs move through the muscular Fallopian tubes. It was generally assumed that tiny hair-like projections, called cilia, in the lining of the tubes, waft eggs along assisted by muscle contractions in the tube walls.

By studying tubes from mice, Professor Ward and his team discovered that caffeine stops the actions of specialised pacemaker cells in the wall of the tubes. These cells coordinate tube contractions so that when they are inhibited, eggs can’t move down the tubes. In fact these muscle contractions play a bigger role than the beating cilia in moving the egg towards the womb. “This provides an intriguing explanation as to why women with high caffeine consumption often take longer to conceive than women who do not consume caffeine,” says Professor Ward.

Discovering the link between caffeine consumption and reduced fertility has benefits. “As well as potentially helping women who are finding it difficult to get pregnant, a better understanding of the way Fallopian tubes work will help doctors treat pelvic inflammation and sexually-transmitted disease more successfully,” says Professor Ward. It could also increase our understanding of what causes ectopic pregnancy, an extremely painful and potentially life-threatening situation in which embryos get stuck and start developing inside a woman’s Fallopian tube.

Sources: Wiley-Blackwell, AlphaGalileo Foundation.

16 thoughts on “I Don’t Want to Give Up My Coffee

  1. Well, #1 – I felt like I was reading MY adolescent story here. With a few minor changes. But the boy, the coffee, the mary jane, we had a coffee shop rather than a diner… OMG. The memories are flooding back.
    I also got my keurig as a gift (birthday, not wedding). I am a coffee lover. And I love my keurig!
    At my RE’s advice (& I trust my RE). I have one cup a day. I have it at home before work from my machine. I am not wasting my 1 cup on gross work coffee. I try to not have any caffiene for the rest of the day, but I will occasionally have a glass of tea. Which I asked RE about beforehand.
    I would suggest cutting it back a bit just to make it easier when you have to cut it back a lot! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Jonsie–Lol, this isn’t the half of it! Sounds like you’ve got some stories of mischief too! Thanks for the comment and I’m going to cut back…maybe drink more decaf? But I know I should be drinking water…but I’m chilly all the time so I like warm liquids (coffee or tea)…maybe herbal tea?? Cheers! Oh, and do you have a blog I can go stalk?!

  2. Oh, dear – I know just what you mean. I don’t drink coffee, but I do love me some Mountain Dew! When I got my BFP back in June, I was drinking it like water. I only did that b/c I just didn’t think it was our month. And once I got those two lines, I quit cold turkey and thought I’d die w/out it. And then I lost my baby and I started my IV of green liquid again. And now I’m quitting again for the sake of beginning ttc in a couple of weeks (last ten pills in my BCP pack!!). I think I have a friend on the two week wait who just cut back on her coffee and got a BFP, so maybe you don’t have to give it up completely!

    When are you testing? I’m so excited for you!

    • Mel–Ah yes, you are no stranger to addiction (lol). I might cave and POAS early, but I’m not sure when I’ll actually blog about it–however the ‘cookie crumbles’ I’ll update this weekend. I’m not feeling excited to POAS, I think because I don’t want to see a BFN and I don’t have any ‘magical feelings’ to encourage me; on the other hand, I never ever ever give up hope. I pretty much only have a (big) cup of coffee a day, and on a bad day 2 big cups…but even then, I usually drink decaf or half-caf if I have a second cup. I try. I still wonder if I should just quit though. Congrats on beginning your new cycle!

      • I never expected a BFP that cycle in June so I was really shocked to see the two lines on the FRER. I really like your chances this month and I am just feeling so optimistic for you. I don’t know if you’ve read my blog or not, but I’m nervous about this new cycle because I had a pretty bad horomone imbalance after the miscarriage. My first period went on and on for nearly forty days! I am terrified to be off birth control in case that happens again. But I can’t TTC and be on birth control at the same time. LOL!

  3. Thanks for that information. I never thought to actually look it up. I just knew it wasn’t good. I love coffee too, but I’ve cut back to one cup on Saturday and Sunday. Planning on giving it up all together soon, we’ll see. I just hate giving up stuff when I know that crackheads can get pregnant. 😦

    • Lmao, kudos to you for kicking the habit! Everybody says not to drink coffee while ttc, but nobody ever told me why–and I’m a logical person so it’s easier for me to comply when I understand the logic behind something (that I don’t want to do). XO

  4. While this is not the post I expected to read from you (still hoping you post that other one we talked about too!), I am very glad you shared it. I went almost entirely caffeine free for the ENTIRE time I was ttc and found that it made a GIGANTIC impact on my endo pain even prior to my surgery. Caffeine aka coffee also restricts the blood vessels to the uterus equating to less blood flow and more pain if you’re an endo sufferer like me. Thanks for sharing and I hope you can switch to decaf at least every other day! πŸ˜‰

    • Steph, you did everything your RE and your Chinese medicine doctor told you to do; you ate perfectly, you took the right herbs, you cut out everything that tastes good, and you body barre’d until you dropped–YOU should be the poster child of “earning” a baby. I never asked, but how the hell did you do that? If you could bottle that motivation and sell it, you’d be riiiiiiich! LOL XOXO

      • OMG you are SO right… I pretty much followed all their advice to the letter. The only thing I was bad about was cheese (but I switched to grass fed organic cheese which resulted in less allergic reactions). Yeah, I think my motivation came from my RE saying that IVF was the only way and that everything else gave me a 1% to 5% chance. I figured I’d improve my odds if I drastically improved my lifestyle and so far it looks like it have! Not having to spend 5k out of pocket was a huge motivating factor for sure!

  5. I’m sure moving to Hawaii didn’t help the coffee addiction. They don’t mess around with their coffee there!

    Very interesting stuff about caffeine affecting the fallopian tubes. Maybe you can find a good decaf? I know it’s not the same as far as waking you up, but at least you’d still have the taste instead of missing that too. Good luck!

  6. Oh man! I know what you mean girl! Coffee is so so hard to quit! It is such a pleasure to indulge in a cup! I was an occasional drinker, but now I am trying TCM (traditional chinese medicine) and they recommend completely staying away from coffee. So now I haven’t had coffee in over 2 weeks. Its not so bad, but I do still crave it. But then again, when you think about it, its totally worth it! Right? =)

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