My RE even made me give up decaf before transfer because it still has some caffeine. He said that it restricts blood flow to the uterus. It sucks to give it up, but if it helps get you pregnant, it's worth it! Good luck!
I stopped all but 1 cup tea/day when I started estrogens . . .
December 1 2011, 11:53 AM
Caffeine is associated with m/c, and I needed to give my cycles the best chance I could. And when you're PUPO and beyond, most clinics recommend eliminating or limiting caffeine to one beverage per day. Take care, Maggie (in VA)
it supposedly restricts blood flow to the uterus (pg ment)
December 1 2011, 12:38 PM
That's the reason my clinic gave for stopping all caffeine, for several weeks. Even if you have a great lining measurement, caffeine can make blood flow patchy. There is a type of doppler ultrasound that will show circulation and there can be dead spots in the otherwise thick lining. After I was @ 6 weeks pregnant I did drink one cup of very weak tea (weak like "dunk the teabag in twice very quickly so the water turned light brown") because it helped with nausea.
I also avoided all caffeine and alcohol before and after transfer. Caffeine restricts blood flow. You should also avoid hot tubs or steam rooms after transfer as you don't want your body temperature to get too hot.
Instead of coffee I drink herbal tea like chamomile, peppermint or ginger. My accupuncturist said ginger is warming to the body and good for the uterus. She actually said peppermint is cold but I drank that too. She also said keeping your feet nice and warm is good for the uterus.
OK, I think people need to do whatever feels right to them, but my RE said one cup of coffee or equivalent daily was fine, both before and after transfer. Once I switched to the OB, she even allowed two, but I switched to tea for most of the pg because I had such trouble with acid reflux and coffee made it worse. (So did orange juice, for that matter.) Full disclosure: I delivered a healthy but early boy last Saturday at 32 weeks after my water broke at 31w3d. No one has suggested that caffeine had anything to do with it (and they kept offering me tea and coffee while I was on bed rest in the hospital).
On my first DE cycle, I cut out lots of things...including caff. It was a bit tough for me even though I had cut back to one cup per day prior to cycling. That cycle resulted in BFN.
On the second cycle, I was more lenient. I allowed myself one shot of espresso in a latte per day. I started before cycling and have had one every day of my pg, I am now 31.5 wks along.
I know we all want to be as cautious as possible. But I think when I allowed myself somethings (caff), things worked better for me.
Best to you!