Those who have to have their cup of coffee in the morning know too well the havoc the lack of caffeine can cause to their day. This is the effect this drug has on the grown adult body. You doubt what it can do it a baby in the formative stages? Now there is proof!
he headlines in yesterdays New York Times states that Pregnancy problems are indeed linked to caffeine. According to a new study due to be published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology women who consume over 200 milligrams of caffeine a day doubles their risk of miscarriage! 200 milligrams of caffeine is not that much. The article puts it at 10 ounces of coffee or if you drink tea 25 ounces.
The American Pregnancy Association had this to say about caffeine
“Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases your blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are not recommended during pregnancy. Caffeine also increases the frequency of urination. This causes reduction in your body fluid levels and can lead to dehydration.
Caffeine crosses the placenta to your baby. Although you may be able to handle the amounts of caffeine you feed your body, your baby cannot.”
So why take a risk with your baby’s life?
Dr. De-Kun Li’s study which is referred in the New York Times article advices pregnant women to try to give up coffee during the first 3-4 months of pregnancy when most miscarriages happen and if you absolutely cannot give it up, to try as much to reduce your intake.
To all; To be mothers, Have a safe and wonderful child birth!