“So…. Coffee and pregnancy – tell me!”
When I visted my local coffee shop yesterday, the barista greeted me with this question.
As there are about 50,000 women at my work who are pregnant, I can see how it may have possibly been playing on his mind. I explained to him that the NSW Health eating guidelines for pregnant women (which you can access here http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumers/life-events-and-food/pregnancy/ – I can’t imbed the link because my editor is broken!) recommends no more than one shot (200mg) per day.
He tried to ask me follow up quesitons, but I pointed out I haven’t had my coffee yet, and to quit hassling me.
During my first pregnancy, I hardly touched coffee. I was also not working full time – only freelancing – and living in Ukraine. This meant I had very little nervous energy or stress to burn off, and the coffee over there was shit, so in fact, I had more or less given up coffee since I’d moved there.
In Darwin, I work in an at-times stressful job, managing a small team of people who provide a service to the organisation, so stress can play a part at times. My coffee consumption pre-pregnancy had grown to at least one large cup (3 shots of coffee) per day, so it was quite the cut-back to go to one small cup.
My coffee is my one vice during pregnancy, and luckily no-one has look askance at me when drinking it (luckily for THEM – because if they did, I would probably bop them on the head with my empty cup).
So now the big issue I am facing…
When I finish work on Friday, I won’t see my coffee shop every day. Can anyone recommend a good coffee machine for me to buy?