Expecting mothers rejoice; caffeine from coffee won't harm your baby

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A new study shows little to no correlation between caffeine intake and the development of the baby in the womb
By Jason Spencer | Nov 21, 2015
Doctors will tell women to lay off the caffeine at the first signs of pregnancy. But mothers everywhere can pick their coffee cups back up after a new study shows that a small amount of caffeine here and there won't do any harm.

According to Medical Daily, researchers from the Research Institute at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio revealed that women who consume caffeinated products such as coffee in moderation aren't a detriment to the health or IQ of their baby. After analyzing data collected from over 2, 000 mothers, researchers were unable to find a correlation between caffeine intake and the children's IQ and behavior.

In addition to IQ and behavior, researchers were unable to find a link between childhood obesity and caffeine ingestion during pregnancy.

"Taken as a whole, we consider our results to be reassuring for pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine or the equivalent to 1 or 2 cups of coffee per day," said Dr. Sarah Keim, one of the researchers involved in the study.

The Albany Daily Star reports that studies have yet to be conducted as to whether caffeine intake impacts the growth of the baby. Still, the new study gives women a bit more freedom in their pregnancy. While some try to limit their caffeine, it can be hard for those to kick the habit completely.

Dr. Mona Prasad, a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine at Mount Carmel Health System in Ohio, says that some women often won't tell physicians about caffeine intake, and that this study opens that door back up for those who find drinks like coffee to hard to resist.

"The beauty of this study is that it gives exactly the kind of data that women want when they're trying to weigh the risk and benefits," said Prasad.



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