A new study conducted by a researcher argues that pregnant mothers or women who want to conceive should avoid coffee. While excessive caffeine consumption has been tied to low birth weight and miscarriages, most health guidelines state that 200mg of caffeine or lower per day is a safe amount.
The researchers analyzed 48 studies that have were made in the last two decades. While the results were mixed, he stated that there is a sufficient amount of cumulative evidence to argue that caffeine consumption can be tied to a large number of negative health traits.
It was also mentioned that caffeine is the most popular psychoactive substance in the world, and there is little to no evidence related to the way in which it could affect future mothers. Statistics suggest that more than four out of five mothers tend to drink coffee during pregnancy in the US and France.
Caffeine can cross through the placenta and reach the fetus, which becomes exposed to a level of caffeine similar to the one found in the mother’s bloodstream. The liver of adults features a protein that can break the caffeine down, but this doesn’t happen in the case of developing babies.
Some researchers aren’t impressed by the new study, with some arguing that it is merely the perspective of one individual about the current evidence, as previous research has shown that only high-caffeine intake is dangerous.
The conclusion shared by the author of the new study has been deemed to be too alarmist by other scientists, who argue that there isn’t enough evidence that can substantiate the claims. Many experts argued that the mothers who participated in the studies might have failed to recall the right amount of coffee that was consumed, making lower doses to seem like they are more dangerous as a consequence.