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Moms Need Caffeine to Get Them Through the Day

Babysugar Diaries: Caffeine Is My Drug of Choice

Every day around 2 p.m., I feel a desperate need to drink a Coca–Cola. I don't crave the taste as much as I desire the boost in energy it will provide. Even 20 months after giving birth to my first child, my body does not jump out of bed at 6 a.m. ready to take on the day. When reading a book to her before nap time, I often find that I am the one nodding off. This is not uncommon for moms.

The National Sleep Foundation found that more moms are caffeinating themselves to make it through the day. Energy drinks, sodas and coffee are all part of a busy mama's day as she carpools, cooks, cleans and takes care of other duties.

To see what the National Sleep Foundation discovered,


The NSF study found:

More than 65 percent of moms drink caffeinated beverages to get through their day.

Fast food stores like McDonald's are taking advantage of the caffeine hungry audience. The golden arches beat analysts' estimates by increasing latest quarterly profits, which are partially attributed to the rise in coffee sales. Looks like mommies may be loading up on their lattes when ordering a happy meal for junior. When baby number two joins my family, I have a feeling I'll be upping my caffeine intake, too!

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LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I start my day with peppermint tea, but it doesn't have caffeine. Then I switch to water. I don't need caffeine, bring it on daytime! (Of course as soon as I assume a horizontal position at night I am nearly comatose...)
macgirl macgirl 9 years
It's funny now having the 9 year old and 6 month old I just started drinking a diet Red Bull when I come home from work nearly every day. We were having a problem where I was just so flipping cranky. I think I was tired from the day. The hubby and I have stopped fighting (cranky bickering is more like it) now that I am drinking them. Not the best solution but considering we never fought before the baby it has been hard.
sofi sofi 9 years
Greggie- I've never tried an energy drink either. Don't even want to go near those things.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Oops, I forgot to add that I'm always much less inclined to have caffeine in the first few years after having a baby. I know it's considered safe while nursing and all, but I still feel odd having more than one caffeinated beverage a day, if even that. I've never had an energy drink at all.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Did they ask why the moms are using it or assume they're doing it "to get through the day"? Because I have a caffeinated beverage pretty much every day, but it's not to give me energy or keep me awake, and I don't miss it or feel more tired if I don't have it. sofi's right, diet soda not only tricks the body into wanting more calories, but it also messes up your metabolism in a big way. Your body kicks in thinking it needs to burn calories, and then shuts down.
Moms Moms 9 years
I'm not a soda drinker, but I love a cup of iced green tea to kick start a lazy morning.
sofi sofi 9 years
you know what scared me though were those studies regarding artificial sweetener use- that they actually make you consume more calories because they are tricking your body/mind thinking your not taking much in (it's something like that). I'd have to review that, but I thought it was time to stop buying my diet coke in bulk- before the kids got too curious and wanted to try.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 9 years
You hit the nail right on the head - I always loved Diet Coke, but I never became addicted until my son was born. I am a full-blown addict now!
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
I am so addicted to my coffee that people make fun of me. I have to admit that I did drink before I had a baby but now, my day does not start until I have had my "mommy Juice".
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
definitely my drug of choice dr. pepper and big red (best soda believe only sold in texas) cannot drink coffee hate the smell
sofi sofi 9 years
lol- I was just trying to explain my need for a caffeine boost to my child this morning. Grown-ups are old and need a little help getting up and going, especially in the morning :) Yeah, at about 2-3pm I use to always grab a Diet Coke. I decided a few months ago (probably like 5- wow) not to buy anymore diet coke/soda and have it in the house because I was just grabbing one too often. I don't bring it into the house anymore, but if I am out I will occasionally order/buy one. Definitely find myself needing and taking in less caffeine. Coffee on the other hand- must have in the morning which is fine.
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