Coffee ‘doubles’ miscarriage risk

Drinking too much caffeine could increase miscarriage risk, claim researchers

New research claims drinking too much coffee can increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage.

In a week when miscarriages have once again made headlines, due in part Lily Allen’s sad news, researchers in San Francisco have urged women to think twice before reaching for that second cup of coffee.

After studying 1,063 pregnant women between 1996 and 1998, none of whom changed the amount of caffeine they consumed during their pregnancies, the American panel discovered that those who drunk more than 200mg of caffeine a day (approximately two cups of coffee or five cans of caffeinated sofa), doubled their risk of miscarriage.

The British Food Standards Agency currently recommends pregnant women drink no more than 300mg. However, it has its own similar study underway and says it will only change its official stance if that study supports the American claims.

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