Should I drink coffee during pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a time when women are required to pay more attention than usual to their health, lifestyle and diet.
According to a new study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, drinking moderate amounts of coffee during pregnancy is unlikely to contribute to outcomes such as premature births or miscarriages.
The authors of this study used a method called "Mendelian Randomization" (MR). Dr Gunn-Helen Moen, who led the research, explained to Medical News Today:
We used genetic analysis to mimic a randomized controlled trial, using eight coffee-related genetic variants that predict a coffee user's behavior.
Therefore, the results of the study suggested that coffee most likely does not contribute to abortions, stillbirths or premature births. Instead, it was observed that caffeine consumption could be associated with a higher birth weight of the baby.