Caffeine and Pregnancy

This came out Quick! 

 There has been a lot of talk in the media this-morning about the risk to pregnant women that Caffeine causes.

I have just received this statement from the British Coffee Association and I thought anyone who reads this blog would find it  quite interesting

Media coverage:

BBC

USA Today

British Coffee Association Response  

The British Coffee Association read with interest the study by Weng et al which was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology regarding maternal caffeine consumption during pregnancy.  

This was a population-based prospective cohort study of 1,063 pregnant women that concluded “high doses of caffeine intake (200 mg/day or more) during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, independent of pregnancy-related symptoms”. 

The British Coffee Association offer consistent, substantiated advice on coffee consumption during pregnancy in line with The Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidance which recommends 300mg of caffeine per day as a safe upper limit for pregnant women1. This equates to four cups of instant coffee or three cups of brewed coffee. This position is further supported by the Royal College of Midwives and the Centre for Pregnancy Nutrition. 

A further study published earlier this month by Savitz et al, also investigated caffeine and the risk of miscarriage. These researchers concluded that “there is little indication of possible harmful effects of caffeine on miscarriage risk within the range of coffee and caffeine consumption reported”2. 

Zoë Wheeldon from the British Coffee Association said, “Current guidance issued by The Food Standards Agency recommends a safe upper limit for pregnant women of 300 mg of caffeine per day. Whilst this study by Weng et al  is a well designed, robust cohort study, this evidence must be reviewed in conjunction with existing research and it is important to review all the available data rather than taking one study in isolation.”  

Please contact Lizzie Lockett at Red Door Communications on 020 8392 8063 if you require any further information or wish to discuss the study with an independent healthcare professional.  

References 1 Food Standards Agency guidance on caffeine consumption during pregnancy. Downloaded 10/01/08. Website at: http://www.food.gov.uk/news/pressreleases/2001/oct/caffeinepregnant 

2 Savitz, D.A, et al; Caffeine and Miscarriage Risk; Epidemiology; Volume 19, January 2008

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3 thoughts on “Caffeine and Pregnancy

  1. I just had a baby girl 1 month ago, I drank coffee most of my pregnancy. I didn’t go crazy with it, but I had 2 shots of espresso a day or 6oz of black coffee. I had an 8lb 9oz baby (2 weeks early, on account of my Dr. was going on vacation so we had a Csection)
    She is completely healthy, bright and cheerful and completely well adjusted and even tempered.
    Now I will say, that I did NOT drink any the first Trimester because of the scare of miscarriage with having caffeine.
    I don’t think I would do anything different if I get pregnant again.

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