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Avoiding Caffeine (Overview)

Caffeine can also affect your growing baby. Small amounts of caffeine during pregnancy are okay, but heavy doses are strongly discouraged. Caffeine, like alcohol, travels through your bloodstream to the placenta and can have a negative effect on your baby. Since caffeine is a stimulant it increases your heart rate and metabolism - both of which directly affect the baby. It is okay to have one or two cups of coffee, tea, or cola a week, but try to give them up completely if you can.


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What can I do to help myself get going in the morning (avoiding caffeine)? I wake at 5am and get 8-9 hrs of sleep per night.

What can I do to help myself get going in the morning (avoiding caffeine)? I wake at 5am and get 8-9 hrs of sleep per night.

Morning excercise: It is not clear what you mean by "get going". You may be suffering from depression. If you are mentally/emotionally not ready, but physically okay, try getting into a routine of aerobic excercise in the morning. Vigorous excercise is also therapeutic for depression, just in case. ...Read more

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Avoiding Caffeine (Overview)

Caffeine can also affect your growing baby. Small amounts of caffeine during pregnancy are okay, but heavy doses are strongly discouraged. Caffeine, like alcohol, travels through your bloodstream to the placenta and can have a negative effect on your baby. Since caffeine is a stimulant it increases your heart rate and metabolism - both of which directly affect the baby. It is okay to have one or two cups of coffee, tea, or cola a week, but try to give them up completely if you can.


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I am avoiding caffeine but I can't sleep for hours after I get into bed?

I am avoiding caffeine but I can't sleep for hours after I get into bed?

INSOMNIA: insomnia can be assisted by maintaining a good sleep schedule. A dark room with cool temperature and music therapy. You should also have labs checked for Vit d And thyroid. If it persists and there is snoring or difficulty breathing a sleep study may be needed.to evaluate sleep apnea/RLS. To assist in initiating sleep melatonin can be very effective 1-2hrs before bedtime. ...Read more

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Should i avoid coffee if I have hypertension? Should i be avoiding caffeine or coffee if my doctor says I have hypertension? .

Should i avoid coffee if I have hypertension? Should i be avoiding caffeine or coffee if my doctor says I have hypertension?

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Not necessarily: Some people are very sensitive to caffeine, and may notice an increase in BP with minimal amounts of caffeine intake. In most patients with hypertension, if your BP is controlled, caffeine in moderation is ok. Check with your doctor about your particular situation, and his recommendations. ...Read more

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Why can't I ever sleep? I avoid caffeine and have a busy schedule, yet I exhaustingly toss and turn every night.

Why can't I ever sleep? I avoid caffeine and have a busy schedule, yet I exhaustingly toss and turn every night.

Many reasons: there are many reasons. Having a bed routine, such as winding down without TV or computer screen time before bed helps. Relaxing and meditation may also help. If it persists, discuss with your doctor for a full evaluation. Nutritional aids such as melatonin might help if your doctor agrees. ...Read more

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I'm currently experiencing insomnia have had it for the past 2 nights. What are some main options for fixing this? I have made sure to avoid caffeine.

I'm currently experiencing insomnia have had it for the past 2 nights. What are some main options for fixing this? I have made sure to avoid caffeine.

Stressed?: Changes in patterns lately? Stress re: work, family, $, etc.? Meds including cold/sinus rx? Chocolate (caffeine-like substances)? Alcohol? Eating too much, too late? Too much exercise, social networking/computer time/tv, etc? Start w/ sleep hygiene -2 things in bed: sleep, sex; no reading, tv, computer in bed. Warm bath may help, avoid energizing stuff b4 bed dark room progressive relax exercise. ...Read more

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I want to gain weight . How can I slow my metabolism down? Take some herbal product? Avoid caffeine?

I want to gain weight . How can I slow my metabolism down? Take some herbal product? Avoid caffeine?

Increase food intake: Increasing calories will cause a gain in weight. Patients with hyperthyroidism are given medications to reduce their thyroid hormone production and this can be associated with a reduction in their abnormally high metabolism and a gain of weight. ...Read more

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Had ACTH stim test 2yrs ago & was told it had to be in AM, had to fast, &avoid caffeine. Now having again Scheduled in PM & was told no prep needed. ?

PM testing: That does not make sense ither. Call your doctor and ask what, if any, is the difference between the this and the test 2 years a go. You should schedule your appointment for the timing your doctor recommends but enjoy Xmas and New year before going for the test. ...Read more

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