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How Much Caffeine is Healthy

August 26th, 2010 | By: Nancy Ripton
Pregnant women no longer need to shun coffee. Find out how much caffeine is healthy for you and your baby.

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How Much Caffeine is Healthy

For years we've heard that expecting mothers should monitor their caffeine intake, especially in early pregnancy. But four new studies find that moderate caffeine consumption won't increase a woman's risk of miscarriage or premature birth.

New Caffeine Studies

The first caffeine study out of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York followed 1,000 pregant women and found no increase of miscarriage for low, moderate or high levels of caffeine throughout pregnancy. 

The second, more conservative study, out of Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research in Oakland, California found a higher risk of miscarriage in pregnant women who consumed more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day (a 12-ounce coffee). No increased risk was noted at lower levels.

Two other studies found that moderate caffeine intake did not make it any more likely to have a premature baby.