Denmark Latest Studys: Coffee For Pregnant
According to a study by Denmark researchers, reducing the intake of caffeinated coffee in pregnant women had no significant effect on the baby.
There have been implications from previous research that a baby's birth weight was low or that babies were born prematurely based on a pregnant woman's caffeine intake. The current study was unable to duplicate that data.
Instead, this study confirmed other prior studies showing no ill effects on babies from mothers who consumed caffeine during pregnancy.
"These conflicting results have puzzled public health authorities, and in some countries pregnant women are warned against caffeine consumption," stated study researcher, Bodil Hammer Bech, Ph.D. and colleagues.
The current study followed more than 1,000 healthy women who were less than 20 weeks pregnant. There was no evidence to indicate that drinking up to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily had any effect on the outcome of their pregnancy.
The researchers of the study noted that normally women who drink a lot of caffeine during pregnancy also tend to smoke more, drink more alcohol, and are usually less educated. However, this study was controlled to eliminate these factors.
Although no statistical differences were found in the birth weight of the babies, according to Dr. Bech and colleagues, the women studied were in their second half of pregnancy; so "if caffeine has an effect on birth weight by mechanisms that only operates early in pregnancy we would not detect it."
The researchers also stated that it may also be possible that there are other substances in the coffee other than caffeine that may have influenced birth weights.