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Research Shows Statistical Link Between Caffeine Consumption And Low Birth Weight

March 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A Swedish analysis of health data on more than 59,000 pregnant Norwegian women found a statistical correlation – but no cause and effect relationship – between consuming two cups of coffee a day and low birth weight babies. All of the participants in the study were healthy and had uncomplicated pregnancies. The researchers stressed that the study did not look at whether caffeine itself was responsible for the fetus being at greater risk. Nor did it examine whether the babies had any special health problems shortly after birth. They said more research is needed before drawing any conclusions about what the findings mean for pregnant women and their babies. The study found no relationship between caffeine consumption and premature birth.
Verena Sengpiel et al., "Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy is associated with birth weight but not with gestational length: results from a large prospective observational cohort study", BMC Medicine, March 11, 2013, © Sengpiel et al.
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