The lifeblood of motherhood gets a bad rap sometimes.
The harms and benefits of the beloved beverage have long been debated. Coffee has been labelled ‘bad’ and ‘cancer causing’, and also blamed for stunting growth. As a result, some people are of the opinion that it needs to be avoided.
Being an avid coffee drinker (let’s face it, how do you get through mum life without it?!) I’ve watched with interest as the debate has raged over the years.
"During my first pregnancy I avoided coffee altogether"... Image via iStock.
During my first pregnancy I avoided coffee altogether, as I’d read one study that said pregnant women should abstain. However, by the time my second pregnancy rolled around I’d become much more relaxed and did a lot more research – coming to the conclusion that, in small doses, coffee is okay for pregnant women. Phew.
So, I indulged in one weak long black a day, which was essential for keeping up with a toddler while suffering through that ‘I’m SO tired ALL the time’ period (aka, the whole nine months!). It also helped ensure I remained in touch with other mums for much needed support (yes, when we all met up I could have ordered a smoothie I suppose, but it's always good to have a common "I must have coffee NOW" intent!).