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Diet & Health : Children & Women Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Low amounts of caffeine risky during pregnancy
By Sue Mueller
Nov 15, 2008 - 8:04:49 AM

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A new study found that even intake of low amounts of caffeine could put pregnant women at higher risk of having an underweight baby.

 

The study found pregnant women who drank 100 to 199 milligrams of caffeine every day (about one to two cups of coffee) were 20 percent more likely to give birth to a baby with low birth weight than women who consumed less than 100 mg per day.

 

The risk was increased by 50 percent in pregnant women who drank 200 to 299 mg of caffeine per day.

 

The study was conducted by researchers in the United Kingdom and published in the British Medical Journal.  

 

The researchers found caffeine from all sources was all the same raising the risk for pregnant women to have a low birth weight baby.

 

Babies with low birth weight are more likely to have a variety of complications.





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