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Daily Double Can Be Fatal to Fetus

January 25, 2008 | By More

Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day during early pregnancy risks miscarriage, warn researchers. They say the chances of having a miscarriage double.

The Swedish researchers say mothers-to-be should cut down on their caffeine intake. Professor Sven Cnattingius of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, led the research group which produced the study. He said: “We found that women who drank more than four cups of coffee per day had double the increase of spontaneous abortions.” He added that those who drank two to three cups increased their risk of suffering a miscarriage by 30% to 40%. “I think you should reduce caffeine intake in early pregnancy, I think this study clearly shows that.”

The study group consisted of 562 Swedish women who had miscarriages between the sixth and 12th week of pregnancy compared with 953 women who had normal births. Researchers found that 76% of women consumed caffeine from coffee, 23% from tea and 1% from other sources.

Other risk factors like previous miscarriages, smoking, age and morning sickness were also examined.

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