Coffee during pregnancy? Moderate consumption does not hurt, says a study

A new study has explained that moderate consumption of coffee when you are pregnant is actually not that bad.

The medical sector is beautiful because there are studies that say everything and the opposite of everything. Just like with red meat, where everyone tells you it hurts, but then there are studies that re-evaluate the damage, here is also for coffee it’s the same story: so far we’ve been told that it hurts to drink it during pregnancybut a recent study indicates that one moderate consumption it does not hurt so much.

Researchers from the University of Queensland discovered that drinking black coffee or latte macchiato did not hurt during pregnancy. To arrive at this answer, Dr Gunn-Helen Moen, Dr Daniel Hwang and Dr Caroline used Brito Nunes from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience genetics to show that limited coffee consumption during pregnancy does not increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth.

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The WHO’s current guidelines state that pregnant women should drink less than 300 mg of caffeine per day, which is the maximum. 2-3 cups a day. Only that these indications are based on studies where it is difficult to distinguish coffee consumption from other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol or unhealthy diet.

Since the behavior of drinking coffee is partly due to genetics (there are several genetic variants that affect the amount of coffee we consume), the current study has shown that e.g. genetic variants they affect not only coffee consumption in the general population, but also in pregnant women.

Because they absolutely could not ask women to drink certain amounts of coffee during pregnancy, the researchers used genetic analysis technique to review data on coffee consumption and any problems during pregnancy.

Thanks to the genetic analysis, it turned out that for women who drink coffee, there is no greater risk of miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth. The study therefore shows that women can still enjoy a cup of coffee while they are pregnant without worrying too much. But the advice is always to choose one low or moderate consumption as it is unclear whether caffeine consumption can also affect other aspects of fetal development.

The entire study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.


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