New research shows that moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy does not promote pregnancy loss, Reuters Health reports. The results of this research come as a confirmation of previous studies.
However, the researchers draw attention to the fact that the women who participated in the study consumed a relatively small amount of coffee, the equivalent of less than 2 cups of coffee a day in the first period and much less in the rest of the pregnancy period.
Therefore, the study cannot provide a reliable answer on the risk of pregnancy loss if there is a high consumption of coffee during pregnancy.
The study was carried out on a batch of 2,407 pregnant women, 258 of whom were pregnant. All the women participating in the study provided data regarding the consumption of coffee before pregnancy, 4 weeks after the last menstrual cycle and at the time of inertia.
Most women in the study who used to drink coffee or other beverages containing caffeine consumed approximately 350 milligrams of caffeine daily, before pregnancy and during the first pregnancy. At the time of the interview, caffeine consumption decreased to 200 milligrams per day.
In none of the time periods evaluated (before pregnancy, 4 weeks after the last menstrual cycle and at the time of the interview) were there any relevant statistical data indicating a link between caffeine consumption and pregnancy loss.
The researchers conclude that moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy is not associated with the risk of pregnancy loss.
January 10, 2008