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New Kaiser Permanente study fortifies caffeine's link to miscarriage
Date:1/20/2008

l, 172 of women in the study (16.18 percent) miscarried. Whereas 264 women (25 percent) reported no consumption of any caffeine containing beverages during pregnancy, 635 women (60 percent) reported 0-200 mg of caffeine intake per day, and 164 women (15 percent) had 200 mg or more of daily caffeine consumption.

Critics had maintained that the association was not so much a high dose of caffeine intake that increased the risk of miscarriage, but that women with a healthy pregnancy are more likely (than those about to miscarry), to reduce their caffeine intake due to nausea, vomiting, and aversion to caffeine, Li said. Therefore, the critics claimed that the observed association was a result of reduction of caffeine intake by healthy pregnant women.

So whats a fatigued mom-to-be supposed to do for her daily energy jolt?

If you definitely need caffeine to get you going, try keeping it to one cup or less a day. Avoiding it may be even better. Consider switching to decaffeinated coffee and other decaffeinated beverages during your pregnancy, said Tracy Flanagan, MD, Director of Women's Health, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Learn to perk up instead with natural energy boosts like a brisk walk, yoga stretches, snacking on dried fruits and nuts.


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Contact: Danielle Cass
danielle.x.cass@kp.org
510-267-5354
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
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