Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Some Caffeine Is Okay During Pregnancy

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jul 21 - A cup of coffee a day during pregnancy probably won't increase a woman's risk of miscarriage or premature birth, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said today.

Until recently, studies have had conflicting findings about the effect of moderate caffeine consumption on pregnancy complications.

But, "I think it's time to comfortably say that it's okay to have a cup of coffee during pregnancy," Dr. William Barth, the chair of a College committee which reviewed the evidence, told Reuters Health.

In a statement published online today in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the College's Committee on Obstetric Practice said that 200 mg of caffeine a day, about the amount in a 12-ounce cup of coffee, doesn't significantly contribute to miscarriages or premature births. That definition of "moderate caffeine consumption" would also include drinking about four 8-ounce cups of tea or more than five 12-ounce cans of soda a day, or eating six or seven dark chocolate bars.

The committee said the evidence was not clear on whether consuming more than 200 mg of caffeine a day might increase pregnancy risks.


Liz said...

Dr, Then how about drinking coffee when we are still breastfeeding?

Dr Jason Ong said...

Ok. One cup perday should be fine.

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