Is caffeine consumption safe during pregnancy?

Sara Morgan, Gideon Koren, Pina Bozzo

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Question I have a pregnant patient who experienced a miscarriage in the past and who has asked me whether her consumption of 2 cups of coffee per day could have caused it. What should I tell her? Answer There are conflicting data on the fetal safety of dietary caffeine consumption during pregnancy, particularly at levels of 300 mg/d or greater. Although it is difficult to assess the risk of spontaneous abortion with caffeine consumption, most of the data do not suggest an increased risk of adverse pregnancy, fertility, or neurodevelopmental outcomes with caffeine consumption of 300 mg/d or less from all sources. Therefore, consumption of 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day is not expected to be a concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-362
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


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