A New Study Suggests Drinking a Small Amount of Coffee While Pregnant is A-OK

December 16th, 2015

Pregnancy and coffeeThere are a lot of food and drink items that are recommended to avoid when pregnant —  and one of them for a while was coffee. This was because caffeine was thought to affect the child’s development. However, this is no longer the case.

Pregnant women rejoice — a recent study conducted by the Ohio State University College of Medicine suggests that children born to women who consumed a moderate amount of caffeine (about one to two cups of coffee a day) while pregnant are not at a higher risk for having behavior problems or lower IQs.

Why Drinking Coffee in Moderation is Safe During Pregnancy

During the study, researchers looked at the amount of paraxanthine (a compound that is the result of broken-down caffeine) in blood samples from 2,197 pregnant women at two points in their pregnancies. The paraxanthine levels were then compared against the child’s IQ and behavior when they reached four and seven years old.

Samples from the study were taken between 1959 to 1974, a time period that saw more pregnant women drinking coffee. This helped researchers study a wider range of caffeine-intake levels versus if the study was conducted today.

The idea that moderate caffeine consumption is safe during pregnancy is also accepted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. If you have any questions about how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Highland OB/GYN today at (910) 485-1191. You can also make an appointment to speak to one of our Fayetteville, NC obstetricians in person.