Moderate Coffee During Pregnancy Won't Harm Baby's IQ

Posted: Nov 22 2015, 8:49pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 23 2015, 9:08pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Moderate Coffee Will Not Harm Expectant Mothers
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Coffee consumed during pregnancy has no detrimental effects on child's IQ or behavior in later years, study finds.

Now expectant moms can enjoy their coffee without worrying about the effects of coffee on their child’s health.

A new study suggests that drinking moderate amount of coffee during pregnancy won’t harm child’s IQ or behavior in later years. Coffee is safe for both mother and child’s health.

Researchers examined the blood samples of 2,197 pregnant women and traced the amount of a compound called paraxanthine, the primary metabolite of caffeine. All the mothers participated in Collaborative Prenatal Project which was conducted from 1959 to 1974.

It was the time when coffee was more popular in women than today and they were concerned about the potential risk of consuming caffeine during pregnancy. The current study was focused on how paraxanthine affects the child’s IQ and behavior at 4 and 7 years of age.

Researchers found that there were no harmful effects on child’s intelligence and behavior when coffee was consumed in a moderate scale.

“We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine consumption with child cognition and behavior at 4 or 7 years of age.” Mark A. Klebanoff, principal investigator in Center for Perinatal Research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, said in a statement.

The latest findings support the outcome of a previous research which was aimed to find out a connection about coffee intake during pregnancy and child obesity. The study also suggested that coffee does not increase the risk of childhood obesity.

“Taken as a whole, we consider our results to be reassuring for pregnant women who consume moderate amount of caffeine or equivalant to 1 or 2 cups of coffee per day.” Dr Sarah Keim, a faculty member at Ohio State University College of Medicine said.

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