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Even Small Amounts of Caffeine May Contribute to Low Birth Weight

by The Stir Bloggers on November 13, 2008 at 5:05 PM

I wrote a post recently asking moms-to-be if they'd given up caffeine and noting that some research has suggested that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine while pregnant poses no risk to the developing baby. Now a new study says that may not be the case.

New research from the British Medical Journal website says that consuming caffeine at any time during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of fetal growth restriction (or low birth weight). Findings also suggest that any amount and type of caffeine consumed -- coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and some prescription drugs -- is linked with the slower growth rate.

Talk to your doctor, of course, about what's right for you.

Baby mamas-to-be receive a ton of conflicting information from experts, doctors, friends and family -- what's your philosophy for sifting through it all to make your daily decisions about diet, exercise, baby gear, and more?

Filed Under: eating for two, in the news, pregnancy health


  • Just_...


    November 13, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    My daughter drank tea and one Coke per day and her daughter weighed in at 9 lbs 10 ounces!

  • Spark...


    November 13, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    I did not drink coffee with my son but i did with my daughter(2nd born).  when i was prego with my son i was not a "real"  coffee drinker, as my mom would say.  I would get dunkins or starbucks if i was in a group and thats what was going on.  but once i had a baby and had to still work and was the one taking care of the baby during the night i definalty needed a pick me up.  So with my 2nd one i drank coffee 2,3 maybe even more times a day and she wieghed more than my son. She was 9 lbs 8 ounces he was r 8 lbs 6 ounces.  Do people realize that not all the stuff you read out there is concrete info?  Aw well. i don't beleive everything i read.  But good luck to you all.

  • Peajewel


    November 13, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    As much as I tried to give up caffeine, I still drank it (as my Mom -- the clown said above) and to be honest, I am sure I drank more than one Coke every day and I also would sneak a real coffee and she is right my daughter was not small by any means.  I craved Coke with my son and had at least a two liter a day and he was 8 pounds 7 ounces.  So, I am not so sure they are on to something here.  Maybe it makes them bigger.  LOL

  • Katie...


    November 15, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    I gave it up before I actually found out I was pregnant.  I had a Pepsi maybe six times when I was pregnant, and it was definitely my big treat!  I avoided it because of what I heard about caffeine increasing the risk of miscarriage, though, not so much about birth weight...

  • Mammaof2


    November 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    i drank soda and coffee with both my kids and my first was 8lbs 14 ozs  and my so was 9 lbs 9.5 ozs

  • mikey...


    November 16, 2008 at 9:00 AM
    I drank caffeinated drinks with all my kids and with each child they got bigger, my youngest was 9lb 13oz!
  • mama_of5


    November 16, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    I drank anywhere from 2 to 4 cans of Mountain Dew per DAY throughout ALL of my preganancies & ALL of my babies turned out to be over 8 1/2 pounds. So, I definitely DON'T agree with ANY studies showing that any caffeine amounts have low birthweight babies!!! Sorry!!

  • rocko...


    November 17, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    Sooo...two conflicting studies...that means *someone* is wrong.

  • Abdel...


    December 5, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    i dont think i want to risk it. why take chances? i'll just take my doctors advice and stay away from caffeine, hard as it may be. coffee isnt just a concern for the baby, its also a concern for any human being. coffee is NOT good for you! period.

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