Everyone can rejoice, since recent studies prove that a bit of coffee never hurt nobody. For years it has been believed that coffee, among other substances, has a great effect on unborn babies, to the expecting mothers’ dismay. The day has come however when science proves that not all fables are true.
In the past, scientists have been trying to find out if caffeine could provoke premature births or miscarriages, or if it could be linked to birth weight.
This time, the study was conducted by researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital and its results showed that a moderate consumption of caffeine during pregnancy does not affect the baby’s evolution or even childhood. The conclusions were published by the Epidemiology American Journal.
According to Dr. Mark Klebanoff, Perinatal Research Center’s principal investigator, starting in 1959 until 1975, researchers took blood samples from more than 2,000 mothers, in order to detect possible infections during pregnancy. However, these tests were kept safely and thus it became possible to study them years later.
Fifty years ago, women used to drink much more coffee during pregnancy than they do now. As a result, the researchers were able to analyze a wider range of the effects of caffeine. The study compared the caffeine levels at two points in the time of pregnancy with the levels of the child’s behavior and IQ at two ages: 4 and 7 years old.
Dr. Klebanoff stated that the conclusion was that researchers could find no link or patterns between the consumption of coffee and the behavior of the child. He also added that the key to it all is moderation and women can drink up to two cups of coffee of 8 ounces per day.
The Obstetricians and Gynecologists American College also agrees that if coffee is consumed in moderate amounts, that is no more than 200 milligrams per day, it does not add to the risk of losing the baby.
In spite of the good news of the study, we must take into consideration that fifty years ago caffeine did not come under so many forms. Unfortunately, today lots of drinks including sodas and energy drinks have all sorts of additives and unknown ingredients that might affect pregnancies.
While it is true that a bit of coffee never hurt nobody, women should pay great attention to other products they consume, and always check the label of ingredients.
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