Is Coffee Good for Your Pregnancy?

  • Topic Info:Being pregnant can be a joyful and exciting time within your life.

    However, you may be surprised at how much change you need to make while pregnant in order to stay healthy for you and your baby.

    It may seem obvious that you shouldn't be drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and eating like a college kid. However, having to give up something like coffee can be tough, especially if you're used to drinking two cups every morning in order to function.

    Recently, a study suggested that drinking coffee isn't as harmful as previously thought. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and analyzed data collected from 2,197 expectant mothers that participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project (CPP). Researchers were interested in the chemical paraxanthine (a central nervous stimulant).

    Researchers found that after comparing paraxanthine levels at 20 and 26 weeks gestation to the child's IQ and behavioral problems, there wasn't a consistent pattern between maternal caffeine ingestion and children's IQ.

    What else did researchers find?

    Listen in as Michael Fenster, MD, shares the recent study and why coffee isn't as harmful to drink in moderation as it was previously thought to be.
  • Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD