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Best coffee for pregnancy

The research is constantly changing related to caffeine during pregnancy, but the March of Dimes has set a firm guideline of no more than 200mg a day (which is equal to 1 cup of brewed coffee or 1.5-2 shots of espresso).

What we do know for sure is that caffeine is both a diuretic, which means it'll make you pee even more frequently, and a stimulant. It does cross the placenta, although no one knows how much it impacts a fetus, if at all. There have been studies conducted on animals that show increased chances of birth defects and miscarriage after being exposed to caffeine during pregnancy, but these studies have not been replicated in humans.

Making matters worse, decaf coffee is often loaded with chemicals. Treated with solvents to remove caffeiene, decaf beans could be exposed to methylene chloride or ethyl acetate for long periods of time while processing. Because of United States labelling laws, ethyl acetate-treated beans can still be marked as "naturally decaffeinated" since the chemical is derived from plants.

However, if you need your coffee to function, there's good news! A method called the Swiss Water process can remove caffeine without chemicals. If you want to read about all the details check out Coffee Confidential's explanation. In short, this method is used almost exclusively for organic beans and produces 99.9% caffeine free coffee, which is excellent considering the threshold for "decaf" is normally only 97% caffeine free.

Here are some of our favorite swiss water, organic, fair trade coffees:

Mommee Coffee - This is a fairly mild blend without much to offer for people who prefer bold brews. However, it does the job, produces a solid cup of joe, and is low-acid which can be a huge relief to pregnant coffee drinkers who are also experiencing reflux.

Fresh Roasted Coffee Sumatra Decaf - This is organic, free-trade sumatra coffee. It has a smooth chocolaty flavor with an earthy vibe.

Kicking Horse Coffee - This is one of the only medium/dark roast blends that seemed to rank high for both taste profile and safe processing.

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