A recent study published in Biomedical Central by Sengpiel and colleagues has found an association between coffee consumption and increased pregnancy length (5-8 hours / 100 mg caffeine). Additionally, there was also an association between caffeine intake from all possible sources (coffee, tea, chocolate) and delivering babies with low birth weight and at increased risk for being small for gestational age. This latter finding occurred even in women who did not consume caffeine in excess of the recommended limits (200 mg in Nordic countries and USA, 300 mg World Health Organization recommendation) and were not smokers. This study included almost 60,000 participants most of whom were >25 years old and were in a partnered relationship. Coffee and caffeine consumption was recorded in diet diaries at different time periods from the second trimester on wards.
To investigate the caffeine content of prepared beverages from restaurants, foods, tea and medications, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, has a chart which includes amount of caffeine per serving. Another resource from the FDA entitled Medicines in my Home: Caffeine and Your Body includes a list of caffeine amounts and serving sizes provided by the University of Washington.
So, what does this mean?
For women who are pregnant or are in the process of becoming pregnant, it is advisable to limit ones intake of caffeine from all sources including, but not limited to; coffee, tea, and chocolate.
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