Some Caffeine During Pregnancy not Bad for Baby


New York:  Taking caffeine in medium amounts during pregnancy does not cause any harm to child’s minds, says a study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The study, one of the first studies to focus on how in utero caffeine  divestiture impress a child’s future intelligence (IQ) and behaviour later in childhood, found caffeine did not lead to a lower IQ or increased behavioral problems.

We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine expenditure with child feeling or behaviour at four or seven years of age.


Studys analysed a marker of caffeine in the blood of 2,197 expectant mothers who took part in the Collaborative Perinatal Project, convened at multiple sites in the US in 1959-74.

Ethically to the study, this was an era when coffee consumption during pregnancy was more prevalent than today, as there was little concern about the safety of caffeine.

Study looked at the confederacy between a chemical called paraxanthine, caffeine’s primary metabolite, at two points in pregnancy.

They  weigh those levels to the child’s IQ and behaviour at four and seven years of age.


Study found there were no compatible patterns between maternal caffeine ingestion and the growth and behaviour of those children at those points in their lives.


Taken as a whole, we think our results to be reassuring for pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine or the Equal to 1 or 2 cups of coffee per day.