Yes, it can .
Coffee can harm pregnancy. Coffee can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, lower birth weight, and preterm birth.
Hence various guidelines do advise reduction in coffee consumption during pregnancy.
A recent study in BMJ group journal goes further and suggests avoiding coffee altogether during pregnancy.
There are caveats but those who want to be very cautious should consider avoiding coffee during pregnancy just like one avoids alcohol during pregnancy.
1. Guardian Newspaper. No safe level of coffee drinking for pregnant women, study says.
2. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. Jack James RT al. Reykjavik University
3. Independent newspaper. No safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be mothers, study suggests
4. World Health Organization. Restricting caffeine intake during pregnancy.
5. UK. Food Standards Agency. Assessment of caffeine consumption, altered caffeine metabolism and pregnancy outcome.
5. NICE. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. New recommended drinking guidelines welcomed by NICE.
Disclaimer: Please note- This blog is NOT medical advice. This blog is purely for information only and do check the the sources where cited. Please consult your own doctor to discuss concerns and options relevant to you.
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