Are you pregnant and do you adore coffee? Are you scared that your favorite drink might affect your child or cause a miscarriage? It’s about time to put those fears away. The newest research shows that moderate coffee drinking is fine even for pregnant women.This great news comes from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that revealed that moderate caffeine consumption won’t put women at risk for a miscarriage or premature birth. Moderation is defined by the College’s Committee on Obstetric Practice as 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine daily that can be found in a 12-ounce cup of coffee. It also means drinking about four 8-ounce cups of tea or over five 12-ounce cans of soda every day, or consuming six or seven bars of dark chocolate. Still, researchers aren’t sure if taking over 200 mg of caffeine daily is safe.
Experts came to this conclusion after going over two new studies. The two studies observed more than 1,000 pregnant women and their coffee drinking habits. One study led by Dr. David Savitz of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York found no increased rate of miscarriage in women who took low, moderate, or high levels of caffeine at different occasions during pregnancy. Another study led by Dr. De-Kun Li at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland found a bigger chance of miscarriage in women who consumed over 200 mg of caffeine daily.
The knowledge that caffeine can cross the placenta led to the misconception that it could cause a miscarriage or premature birth. In the United States alone, about 16 percent of all pregnancies result in miscarriage and 12 percent of babies are premature. Early research showed mixed results about the connection between caffeine and pregnancy risks.
It is hoped that these new findings will put an end to these silly fears. Whether women choose not to take coffee during pregnancy or continue doing so, they have nothing to fear. Researchers affirm that both options are fine.
A pregnant woman can definitely drink coffee but moderation is also advisable. Staying healthy while pregnant will help develop a healthy baby.