A team of authors has stated that there is no safe level of caffeine intake for a developing fetus. In the view of potential risk, pregnant women or who are trying to conceive should cut down on caffeine or completely abstain from caffeine. A study of International evidence about pregnancy and caffeine has said that consumption of caffeine can result in miscarriage, stillbirths, and low birth weight. These findings have been published in the Journal BMJ. However, a certain section of experts have not welcomed the study and said there is no requirement to change the current guidelines based on this research. Dr. Christopher Zahn, vice president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has said that current guidelines on caffeine intake for pregnant women might not be a factor for preterm birth or miscarriage.
Authors of the new study have observed at least 1200 researches on the effects of drugs during pregnancy and found persuasive evidence of higher risk linked to caffeine during pregnancy. Nonetheless, the coffee industry has completely opposed this study. Well, these business makers have urged their customers to follow the general pregnancy health guidelines of the US, UK, and Europe, which says daily intake of 200 Mg of caffeine, is safe for pregnant women. They have supported their side of the story saying that most of the women consume caffeine through different kinds of energy drinks, chocolates, and tea. On the other hand, the authors of the new study have indicated that it can be difficult to keep a track of caffeine intake on a daily basis; it can be reached and surpassed easily.
Keeping all the factors in mind, some of the experts have supported the new findings of the research. They have said that eradicating caffeine consumption from pregnancy guidelines should be considered. Experts have stated that eliminating caffeine from the daily diet of pregnant women will never compromise their nutritional status. The new study on pregnancy and caffeine has been headed by Prof. Jack James from Reykjavik University. He has categorically told that current guidelines on pregnancy are inconsistent with the level of risk shown by biological plausibility of harm. At least eight out of every nine studies have shown a significant association of miscarriage and caffeine, said Dr. James. The World Health Organization as well has recognized the results of the new study. The federal body has advised that excess consumption of caffeine might be associated with suppressed growth, low birth weight, and preterm birth. The authority has suggested that pregnant women should reduce their caffeine intake.