Caffeine Consumption Can Affect Birth Weight

February 27, 2013 | Crandall & Pera Law
Caffeine Consumption Can Affect Birth Weight

A study recently published in the journal BMC Medicine suggests caffeine consumption during pregnancy has no link to preterm birth, but does raise the risk of having a low birth weight baby.

While in utero, a child expected to weigh about eight pounds at birth loses between three-quarters of an ounce to an ounce in birth weight for each 100 milligrams of average daily caffeine intake (equivalent to one eight-once cup of regular brewed coffee) from all sources by the mother, according to the findings.

This research conflicts with current guidelines on safe amounts of caffeine consumption during pregnancy; the World Health Organization recommends a limit of 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists limits that amount to 200 milligrams.

While the study is not definitive, it is recommended that women put their caffeine consumption "on pause" while pregnant, or at least stay below two cups of coffee per day. Read the full details here:

Caffeine Linked to Lower Birth Weight Babies

This new research is very important for any family considering pregnancy or in the pre-natal period. Low birth weight infants have been associated with higher incidence of birth injuries, cerebral palsy and other developmental delays.

If you believe your child was harmed due to a birth injury, contact the offices of Crandall & Pera Law today for a free case evaluation.