Heavy Caffeine Consumption May Lead to Smaller, Shorter Babies

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Need another reason to quell your caffeine consumption during pregnancy? A recent Dutch study found that women who consumed about six cups of coffee worth of caffeine per day during pregnancy gave birth to babies that were on average smaller and shorter in length than women who drank less caffeine.

Though the sample in the study was small, it isn't the first to show a link between caffeine and smaller babies. Other studies have shown that as few as two cups of coffee per day can lead to a lower birth weight. 


As well, there is research that demonstrates an increased risk of miscarriage from higher caffeine consumption.

On the other hand, there have been studies that show no link between caffeine and birth weight.

So while the jury is still out, it still seems wise to at least cut back on the java, given all the indicators that it could be harmful.

The March of Dimes recommends that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant have no more than 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day (equal to about one 12-ounce cup of coffee a day).

They also caution that food sources like chocolate (sorry!) and soda need to be included in that daily count as well and provide a great chart that shows the amount of caffeine in common foods and drinks.

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