We know how much you enjoy your latte, or cappuccino, to keep you going through the day. A controversial new study, published in the BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, suggests there’s no safe level and that moms-to-be-should cut out caffeine completely.
This has got medical experts hot under the collar. They have reacted strongly to the study, saying it’s “overly alarmist” and “inconsistent with accepted evidence”.
In other words, experts are sticking to their advice that by limiting your caffeine intake to one or two cups of coffee, or tea, a day, you’re not posing any significant risk to your baby.
The author of the new study, Prof Jack James, a psychologist at Reykjavik University in Iceland, reviewed 48 studies that have been published on the topic. He’s admitted his work was observational, so he couldn’t prove definitively that caffeine in pregnancy is harmful. But he argues his analysis suggests it would be the best advice for expecting moms and moms trying to fall pregnant.
Just like the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, the European Food Safety Authority and the American and UK Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend limiting, but not eliminating, caffeine consumption during pregnancy.
“There are so many dos and don’ts associated with pregnancy and the last thing we need is to cause unnecessary anxiety. At the end of the day, women should be reassured that caffeine can be consumed in moderation during pregnancy,” said Dr Luke Grzeskowiak, a pharmacist at the University of Adelaide, Australia, in a BBC report.
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