Researchers go back and forth on this issue. Every few months a new study is released with polar opposite results from the previous study.
Now according a new study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research finds that daily coffee consumption during pregnancy –- whether from coffee, tea, caffeinated soda or hot chocolate — increases the risk of miscarriage.
The study, which published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that consuming 200 mg of caffeine, equal to two cups of coffee per day, doubles a woman’s risk of miscarriage during pregnancy.
“This study strengthens the association between caffeine and miscarriage risk because it removes speculation that the association was due to reduced caffeine intake by healthy pregnant women,” said lead investigator, Dr. De-Kun Li
The increased risk of miscarriage appeared to be due to the caffeine itself, rather than other possible chemicals in coffee because caffeine intake from non-coffee sources such as caffeinated soda, tea and hot chocolate showed a similar increased risk of miscarriage.
“The main message for pregnant women from these findings is that they probably should consider stopping caffeine consumption during pregnancy because this research provides clearer and stronger evidence that high doses of caffeine intake during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage,” said Li.
My take: no matter what ‘researchers’ say – lay off the caffeine while pregnant. You baby WILL be healthier in the long run.
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