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Caffeine ‘can increase risk of low birth weight babies’

19th February 2013

The importance of good nutrition among expectant mothers has been underlined by a new study showing that too much caffeine could potentially have a negative impact on children's birth weight.

A research team from the Norwegian Institute for Public Health has used information about mothers' diets and birth details collected over ten years to assess the impact of maternal caffeine during pregnancy on babies.

It was found that there was a link between higher caffeine intake levels and a greater risk of the baby being small for gestational age at birth, while it was also suggested that the substance could play a role in increasing the length of the pregnancy.

Prior to this, it was understood that caffeine consumption is strongly linked with smoking habits, a factor that is known to increase the risk for preterm delivery and low birth weights.

However, Dr Verena Sengpiel from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden noted: "This association remained even when we looked only at non-smoking mothers, which implies that the caffeine itself is also having an effect on birth weight."

The NHS recommends that pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to no more than 200 mg – or two mugs of instant coffee – per day.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801542922-ADNFCR

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