Study: Coffee During Pregnancy Could Affect Baby’s Growth

There are lots of things pregnant women are told to avoid because they can be harmful to the developing baby, including some types of fish and cheese, and of course, alcohol. But one thing expectant moms were happy to still be able to consume during the exhausting days of growing and carrying another human? Coffee. Some experts, including theWorld Health Organization, recommend limiting caffeine while pregnant and new research may have moms-to-be rethinking that cup of coffee.

A newstudyfinds that drinking caffeine during pregnancy is “significantly associated” with babies’ size at birth. It specifically identifies “lower birth weight, shorter length and smaller head, arm and thigh circumference” as linked to the mother’s caffeine consumption during pregnancy.

And here’s the thing - we’re not talking about a lot of coffee. The findings even apply to babies whose moms drank less than 200-milligrams of caffeine a day. That’s only about two eight-ounce cups of coffee and it’s the amount the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists hasrecommendedpregnant women limit caffeine intake to since 2010.

Source:Eat This, Not That

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