An opinion of a group of U.S. doctors appearing in the coming issue of American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology’s journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, supports the consumption of coffee during pregnancy. The group agrees that drinking one cup of coffee per day during pregnancy does not lead to miscarriage or preterm birth.
So far expecting mothers quit coffee when they discover their new condition for fear that their caffeine intake may increase the chances of miscarriage. However, the trend may change as this group of doctors is coming out with a new statement that consuming not more than 200 milligrams of caffeine won’t be harmful. But this leniency is not for high doses of caffeine. Reviews by the college’s committee on numerous pregnant patients prove that consumption of caffeine within limits, say 12 ounces per day, doesn’t make much difference on the child’s health.
The committee states that the proofs are not clear enough on the risks of miscarriage on drinking excess caffeine, say higher than 200 milligrams per day. The group has also studied the ways in which caffeine can have an effect on the risk of IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction) in pregnant women. Though, no definite proofs are available at present to show that caffeine intake can result in increased risk of intrauterine growth restriction, a lot more research is needed for better understanding of this connection.
The Health Canada recommends not more than 300 mg of caffeine per day for pregnant women. At Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the Motherisk program states that pregnant women need not stop consuming coffee, but they should definitely not overindulge. According to New York based Sami David, a reproductive endocrinologist who is also a pregnancy loss expert, pregnant women should prefer playing safe in terms of beverages that contain caffeine.