CSPI points out that the European Journal of Epidemiology recently revealed that drinking the equivalent of about one cup of coffee a day (100 mg of caffeine) increased the risk of a miscarriage by 14 percent. There was a 19 percent increase in the chance of having a stillbirth, and there was a link to low birth weight babies.
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded this year that there is a link between childhood acute leukemia and how much coffee a mother drinks during pregnancy. Are you slowly backing away from your coffee mug?
All researchers felt that more studies need to be done to make firm conclusions, but that’s exactly why there is concern. We don’t know for sure. So for moms, there is this question: Are you an overly worried parent or not? We know there are risks in almost everything we do. But what CSPI wants to point out is that we shouldn’t have a casual attitude on our caffeine intake when pregnant. The risks need to be known, even if more research needs to be done regarding those risks.
Does this information change the way you feel about caffeine during pregnancy? Will you still drink coffee?