You've probably heard it from your doctor, friends, and family members: pregnant women should avoid too much caffeine. While there is a ton of research to back this up (a recent study revealed that caffeine is linked to miscarriages), giving up your daily (or more like twice-daily) cup of joe is a whole lot easier said than done.
Knowing all of this, mom and avid coffee drinker Emilie Simmons has created "Mommee Coffee," an organic brand of java with safe levels of caffeine, according to PopSugar. The brews are low in acidity (perfect for morning sickness-prone mamas) and water-processed, meaning they're chemical-free.
For Emilie, coffee wasn't all about the wake-me-up feeling. "It's also about the taste, the smell, the experience, [and] the routine," she said. She craved everything about it while pregnant, which inspired her to create this mommy-friendly version.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it's safe for pregnant women to drink up to 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is about the amount of caffeine found in two cups of the "full caf" variety of Mommee Coffee. Mothers looking to further decrease their caffeine intake can also try the 1/2 caf, 1/4 caf, or decaf varieties.
In order to figure out which brew will satisfy you, Emilie stressed paying attention to what she called the "balance point," which is something that can be difficult to determine. "When it comes to caffeine during pregnancy, less is more until it isn't," she said. "The 'isn't' point is when you need some caffeine support to get through your busy day. This will be different for each mom and at each stage of pregnancy."
So whether you're trying to get pregnant, you're expecting a little one any day now, or you're breastfeeding your baby, it looks like a cup of guilt-free coffee is in your future.