Drinking coffee during pregnancy sounds like a bad idea, and a team of researchers found proof to support this hypothesis. Caffeine intake during pregnancy seems to increase the chances of the baby to become obese. Now, researchers are debating if expectant mothers should abandon coffee consumption completely or just reduce it.
Caffeine might be bad for the fetus during pregnancy
Caffeine is one of those substances that get transported rapidly through the body. It passes through any kind of tissue with ease, so it will likely go from the placenta to the fetus. Caffeine intake during pregnancy is relatively bad since future mothers remove it from their body more slowly. So far, researchers related coffee consumption among pregnant women with higher miscarriage risk and a poorer fetus development.
Now, researchers decided to better investigate caffeine intake during pregnancy. The results they came up with weren’t all that encouraging. For the study, they selected a few children whose mothers drank a lot of coffee when they were pregnant. These children weighed a bit more both during infancy and during childhood than those whose mothers didn’t drink coffee.
“Maternal caffeine intake may modify the overall weight growth trajectory of the child from birth to eight years,” explained the researchers.
Women should start drinking less coffee during pregnancy
These results are enough to modify the guidelines on caffeine intake during pregnancy. Women should definitely drink less coffee while they are expecting a baby, so they could protect them from risks. If they could cut the coffee consumption altogether, they will be sure they will avoid any future complications.
Before researchers measured the weight of children, they first monitored their mothers during pregnancy. They had to complete special questionnaires on the foods and drinks they consume regularly. Among these products, there was coffee, but also some other foods and drinks that might contain caffeine.
After their children were born, they started correlating the caffeine intake during pregnancy with their weight. The measurements they performed gradually on the kids showed the hypothesis that caffeine increases the obesity chances among children.
The study was published in BMJ Open.
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