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Caffeine and Miscarriages

Posted Aug 04 2008 7:14pm

In this world we live in it is very easy to be addicted to caffeine.  But for women who become pregnant giving up the daily Starbucks treat or diet coke may be a bit difficult.  However, with the research being done, it may be wise for women to for go their daily caffeine fix, while pregnant.

A recent study published in theAmerican Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecologyfound that increasing the dosage of your daily intake of caffeine while pregnant increased the risk of miscarriage.  This study was conducted among San Francisco and South San Francisco pregnant members of a Medical Care facility.  The study was performed from October 1996 through October 1998.

The study concluded that 172 women miscarried (16%), 264 women (25%) reported no caffeine consumption,  635 women (60%) reported consuming at least 200mg of caffeine daily and 164 women (15%) reported consuming over 200mg or more of caffeine on a daily basis.

The researchers concluded that high consumptions of caffeine while pregnant will increase the risk of miscarriage.  Although it may be difficult to stop consuming caffeine while pregnant it is wise to do so.  You can reduce your risk of miscarriage and maintain your health at the same time.  It is prudent to stop or reduce your intake during pregnancy.

Until next time,

Dr. Daisy

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