The study claims, those women who drunk coffee were found to be at a higher risk of being overweight during pregnancy. Those women who consume one or two cups of coffee per day can put their babies at a higher risk of being obese at school age.
Verena Sengpiel, Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, and specialist physician at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital said, “There may be good cause to increase the restriction of the recommended maximum of three cups of coffee per day. Caffeine is not a medicine that needs to be consumed.” The study shows that there is no evidence found between caffeine and the cause of obesity.
The researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, studied the information on 50,943 expectant mothers in one of the world’s largest health surveys of pregnant women, the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). The study was published in BMJ Open Journal. The study found that those women who consume the highest caffeine their children aged five years old were overweight or obese were five percent greater in the group than those women who had to consume lowest caffeine consumption.
According to the National Food Agency, the risk of childhood obesity due to prenatal caffeine consumption was also seen among women who consume three cups of coffee every day.
Verena Sengpiel says, “In the Nordic countries, coffee is the primary source, while, women in, for example, England receive the greatest amount of caffeine from black tea. If you look at mothers in the younger age group, it comes from energy drinks. We included different sources in the study and found a similar association between caffeine consumption from these different sources and children’s growth.”
Sengpiel advised other studies are required but it is better to reduce the consumption or completely refrain from caffeine intake during pregnancy.