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Caffeine and Miscarriage

The recommendations about caffeine intake and pregnancy have always been fuzzy. Ask two obstetricians in the same practice and you are likely to get different answers from both. This is partially due to the fact that professional groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have no official stance on the combination of pregnancy and caffeine.

However, a recent study determined that pregnant women and even women trying to conceive should limit their caffeine intake to 200 mg a day, especially in the first four months of pregnancy. (Not sure how much caffeine is in your favorite beverage? Check out Caffeinated Quiz and test your knowledge) The study was based on interviews about caffeine intake in 1063 pregnant women, but not all obstetricians are buying it. The reasons for miscarriages are difficult to explain, but many involve chromosomal abnormalities and there is no proof that caffeine would cause these types of issues.

I, for one, was so sick in my early pregnancies that caffeine in any form was unpalatable. To play it safe, many doctors recommend reducing caffeine intake or avoiding it altogether.

If you are pregnant, first let me say congratulations! Secondly, if you are a caffeine junkie you should talk to your doctor about the matter and maybe just switch to decaf for the next nine months.


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Margarate Margarate 8 years
High doses of daily caffeine during pregnancy whether from coffee, tea, caffeinated soda or hot chocolate cause an increased risk of miscarriage, according a new study by the Kaiser Permanent Division of Research. The study controlled, for the first time, pregnancy-related symptoms of nausea, vomiting and caffeine aversion that tended to interfere with the determination of caffeine's true effect on miscarriage risk. --------------------- Margarate Alcohol Rehab
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
FYI - Decaf has caffeine in it, green tea has caffeine in it, etc etc etc I worked at a Starbucks once upon a time, and people did not realize this - so make sure you count that into your intake!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I agree with reducing or cutting out caffeine all together, sure...but then how in the world to women who are drug addicts and alcoholics and women who smoke go on to have healthy babies and not miscarry??? I believe it has alot to do with the individual and genetics and many other factors...not just drinking coffee.
pittsburghchick pittsburghchick 9 years
I'm a student working on my Masters in Clinical Dietetics... in my 'Nutrition in the life cycle' class, my professor (who was head of the ADA for a few years) said that under 200 mg/day is safe. But then again, some women can even handle alcohol during pregnancy. It is all based on your genetics. However, as a woman who plans to have children in the future, I agree with Electro... why take a chance at all?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i thought this was something that we've known for ages - but i guess any new studies are more helpful for mommies to be.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Exactly Electropoptart! When i found out i was pregnant i cut out all caffeine with no problem. It's not natural to be giving your baby a buzz. Since some doctors say yes(in moderation) and some say no...i say dont take the chance and just quit drinking caffeinated beverages. Its not like you will go into fits not getting your fix...i sure didnt. I drank herbal tea instead! :D Also...its true...i was so sick the first 3 months that i couldnt even think about drinking any caffeine.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I'm a guy, so don't really have a say in this...BUT if I were a pregnant woman, I would completely give up caffeine because I don't want the stimulant to be going around my baby's little veins. It just seems to scary for a baby inside to be stimulated by caffeine without even being born. I would not want to jepordize the healthy growth and development of my child.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Just talking about this today...
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