Pregnant women are usually aware of certain foods and drinks that they should by all means avoid during this period. For example, they should not consume any raw meat (like sushi), or alcohol. However, according to a new study, which the journal BMJ Open recently published, caffeinated drinks should also be put on that list. It seems that excessive caffeine intake during pregnancy may be linked to excessive weight gain during the child’s first year of life. Also, it was connected to a higher risk of the child becoming overweight about eight years later.
According to Eleni Papadopoulou, the lead author of the research, the team found it crucial to study the effects that caffeine has on infant growth. There is a big problem nowadays with children gaining weight during their early years. This means that once they reach adulthood, they have higher chances of being overweight or obese. In order to reach this result, the team analyzed the caffeine intake of 50,000 women from Norway. Sources of caffeine included drinks like coffee, black tea, chocolate, and energy drinks. Papadopoulou says that it’s important for pregnant women to know that caffeine does not only come from coffee.
Caffeine might be bad for the baby
Currently, recommendations say that pregnant women should not exceed 200 mg of caffeine per day. This means 2 to 3 cups of black coffee. According to the study, women with a very high caffeine intake had 66% more chances of having a baby with increased growth during the first year. Women with an average caffeine intake had 10% more chances of having a baby with excess growth.
Experts are saying that this discovery is very important. Mainly because many women do drink coffee during their pregnancy. It’s crucial for them to be aware of the risks they are exposing their baby to.
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