Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Say it Isn't So - Caffeine's Effect on Getting Pregnant

by Emma Wize

Could there be a better way to start your day than a nice hot cup of espresso? Well, when you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant there are MANY better ways to start your day. In fact, for women already nurturing a new life within, the caffeine in coffee and other drinks can actually cause harm.

I know this may be difficult to digest. You've changed your diet in so many ways already. No more sushi, your favorite tuna salad is a no-no, the vintage bottle of red from your trip to France is collecting dust in the cabinet. But now your coffee??!! Not to deepen this emerging wound, but it's not just your coffee.

Caffeine is found in amounts that aren't acceptable for a pregnant woman and her baby in a number of products. Tea, energy drinks, colas and.... this is a tough one ....CHOCOLATE all contain amounts of caffeine that have the potential to harm your developing fetus.

While it's not conclusive that moderate amounts of caffeine decrease a woman's fertility, perhaps we should be using our 'trying to conceive' period to wean ourselves from caffeine because its effects are proven to be more of a concern once a pregnancy is established.

During the early days of pregnancy, it's normal to worry about miscarriage. Statistics show that many early pregnancies end in miscarriage, though most occur before we even know we're pregnant. But once we shake off that little pee stick and see the big, pink plus sign, it's a daily struggle not to worry about doing everything right to ensure that our pregnancy remains viable. A lot of it is out of our hands - nature has a way of overriding our wishes sometimes. BUT, there are things that we should, and shouldn't do, to keep Mother Nature on our side!

A recent study has placed a direct link with caffeine consumption and miscarriages. In fact, the research project concluded that women who had consumed amounts of caffeine equivalent to what's found in two cups of coffee each day (about 200mg) had twice the risk of miscarriage as those who consumed no caffeine. Whether the woman drank two cups of coffee or consumed equivalent amounts of caffeine in tea, energy drinks, sodas or ....yes...chocolate, her risk of miscarriage remained twice as high as a woman not consuming caffeine.

There was also a small increase in risk of miscarriage for women consuming less than 200mg. I know it can be hard to understand how a seemingly harmless drink can have such a disastrous effect on a fetus. But while we might rely on the jolt to kick-start our day, fetuses can't metabolize caffeine and it may actually disrupt cell development and decrease blood flow from the placenta. This reduction in blood flow can result in miscarriage.

So, as difficult as it may seem to limit your daily java - or tea, or soda, or.... CHOCOLATE, pregnancy goes by in a flash and I know you want to do everything you can to give your baby the optimal growing environment.


About the Author

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The Getting Pregnant Plan.
So You Want To Get Pregnant
Getting Pregnant Bible.
Becoming Pregnant- Overcome Infertility The Natural Way.
Personal Path To Pregnancy.
The Fertility Formula.
Become Pregnant.
The Pregnancy Secrets.
No Nonsense Guide To Getting Pregnant.
Hidden Secrets To Getting Pregnant Fast!

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