Drinking Coffee While Pregnant: The Latest on How It Affects Your Baby

Pregnant woman drinking coffeeThe moment you become pregnant, there's a laundry list of recommended things to do and habits to kick. For those who want to have their java and drink it too, you can now rest with ease. A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals that moderately drinking caffeine while pregnant doesn't affect baby's IQ.


Yup, go ahead and stand in that Starbucks line free of guilt.

Researchers working on this study have determined that children born from mothers who drank a little caffeine in their day didn't have lower IQ scores or behavioral issues (at ages 4 or 7) -- in comparison to moms who don't drink these types of stimulating beverages. This information is based on moms-to-be who drink one or two cups a day, which coincides with caffeine intake recommendations from the American Pregnancy Association.

Caffeine and pregnancy has been an area of debate for quite some time. Many health and child advocates have warned about the dangers of consuming too much caffeine while pregnant, which include issues with heart rate and indigestion, and even miscarriage.

In case you're wondering, experts monitored close to 2,200 pregnant women, to watch how paraxanthine levels (paraxanthine is a compound associated with caffeine) affected both a woman's pregnancy, and her child at ages 4 or 7. What's interesting is that most of the data came between 1959 and 1974, which researchers note gives them a better range to gauge their study (instead of just focusing on today).

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I'm not a coffee drinker (I do, however, enjoy other caffeinated items from time to time), but I can only imagine the happy dance some of my pregnant friends are doing with this news. Even though the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said in the past that drinking caffeine in moderation while pregnant is okay, more studies like this can help some expectant moms be more at ease.

Maybe you never cared, or maybe you did; but at least you're in the know about the latest info.



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