Could You And Your Partner’s Coffee-Drinking Habits Cause You To Miscarry?
I know quite a few people who can’t seem to get through the day without some caffeine. And not just foods that have a little caffeine in them, but numerous cups of coffee, soda and tea. It’s pretty much the norm: You get a cup of coffee or a diet coke in the morning, and if you need to recharge, you keep pouring throughout the day. But it’s being suggested by a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility that not only can your coffee-drinking habits have an impact on your ability to carry a child full-term, but so can your partner’s.
The study had more than 500 couples working to have a baby track their daily behaviors for 12 months, including how much caffeine they were consuming, whether it was a cup of coffee, some tea, or a carbonated beverage.
It was found that of the 344 women who ended up getting pregnant, 98 miscarried. And while researchers did find some common issues (i.e., higher miscarriage rates were prevalent for women over 35), what was interesting was that they found women who consumed more than two caffeinated beverages each day around the time of conception and throughout the first seven weeks of pregnancy were more likely to miscarry. And even more intriguing was the finding that the excessive caffeine-drinking habits of their significant other had just as big of an impact on the loss of pregnancy.
According to Women’s Health, researchers didn’t have a real explanation yet as to why excessive caffeine consumption could be associated with miscarriages, but they did advise couples working on conceiving to drink no more than two caffeinated beverages each day. And if women with an itch for caffeine do get pregnant, they still need to stick to two caffeinated beverages at the very most. Another important suggestion was for women seeking to get pregnant to make sure they’re taking multivitamins with folic acid because those in the study who took it were less likely to have miscarriages.
Check out the study’s findings in full on the pre-pregnancy caffeine consumption of couples and the risk it could have on carrying a child to term via the National Institutes of Health website.