Sunday, January 28, 2007

Good news for coffee-addict moms-to-be..

A new study of 1,027 pregnant women in Denmark has shown that moderate caffeine consumption does not affect length of pregnancy or birth weight.

There is no evidence that moderate levels of caffeine consumption during pregnancy lead to a greater risk of premature births and underweight babies despite warnings from some public health officials, finds a new study in the online edition of the British Medical Journal.

Previous research has puzzled public health authorities. While some studies have suggested that a high caffeine intake can lead to lower average birth weights of as much as 100 -- 200g and an increased chance of preterm babies, others have found no connection between caffeine and problems with foetal development.

From Science Daily

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