I have been indulging in the occasional caffeinated drink. It started about 3 or 4 weeks ago with a half caf latte at Starbucks one morning. Then the following week, it was an iced tea at lunch. I’ve basically been allowing myself to splurge about once or twice a week since then. Usually once on coffee and once on iced tea. It’s still well within the “not to exceed” recommendation for caffeine during pregnancy. I’m honestly doing it mostly because I am SO BORED with drinking water and I don’t really like the sweetened beverages that are the decaf alternative to water (lemonade, etc.). I haven’t felt bad about it at all.
Until now. I got a soy latte from Starbucks this morning, and by the time I got to work, I’m pretty sure the baby was break dancing in there. S/he went from totally undetectable to literally bouncing off the walls of my uterus in about 4 sips. I totally drugged my baby. This is the first time I’ve been able to really feel the effects of my (occasional!) caffeine consumption on the baby and wow. Sorry, kid. You’re pretty cute when you’re hyper, though.
The worst part is that I can’t promise it won’t happen again. Hopefully, baby is keeping the dance moves clean. No twerking in there, munchkin. You hear me? The world does not need another Miley Cyrus.