Study: Caffeine linked to miscarriage risk

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The study results published this week reveal a link between early pregnancy loss and caffeine consumption, according to the National Institutes of Health website.

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The website published the results of the study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Ohio State University, Columbus. The study shows that a woman is at a higher risk of miscarriage if she and her partner drank more than two caffeinated beverages a day during the weeks leading to conception.

Women who drank more than two daily caffeinated beverages during the first seven weeks of pregnancy were also more likely to miscarry, according to the study.

But women who took daily multivitamins before conception and during the fist weeks of pregnancy were at a lower risk of pregnancy loss, the study found.

“Our findings provide useful information for couples who are planning a pregnancy and who would like to minimize their risk for early pregnancy loss,” said the study’s first author, Germaine Buck Louis, Ph.D., director of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

According to NIH, the researchers gathered data for this study from the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment (LIFE) Study which involved 501 couples in Texas and Michigan from 2005 to 2009.

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