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Coffee and Birth Weight

Coffee and Birth Weight

New data from Sengpiel et al 1. suggest that coffee consumption during pregnancy may affect birth weight.

The British Coffee Association comments:

“The UK Food Standards Agency carefully analysed and thoroughly reviewed the effects of caffeine during pregnancy and currently recommends that pregnant women moderate consumption to an upper limit of 200mg / day (two to three cups of coffee). Switching to "decaff" during pregnancy is also an option for those who wish to continue drinking coffee. We welcome more research into this important area so that the associations found in this study can be further explored.”

Pregnant women drinking coffeeTo date, the available scientific evidence does not support a positive relationship between caffeine consumption and adverse reproductive or perinatal outcomes. It is widely accepted that any effects of coffee consumption on reproductive health are linked to caffeine, and the majority of research therefore focuses on the effects of caffeine and not on coffee as such.

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1. V Sengpiel et al, 2013. Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy is associated with birth weight but not with gestational length: results from a large prospective observational cohort study. BioMed Central, published online.