That Coffee’s Gonna Shrink Yer Baby! Bean Boy Unavailable For Comment
According to this recent study, if you’re Dutch and drink six cups of coffee per day, your baby might be slightly smaller than average. Thanks, Science!
Researchers found that among more than 7,300 Dutch women followed from early pregnancy onward, between 2 and 3 percent said they consumed the caffeine equivalent of six cups of coffee per day during any trimester. On average, their babies’ length at birth was slightly shorter than that of newborns whose mothers had consumed less caffeine during pregnancy.
Heavy caffeine consumers also had an increased risk of having a baby who was small for gestational age — smaller than the norm for the baby’s sex and the week of pregnancy during which he or she was born.
Read the study here. (Really, it’s not worth the time, unless you’re Dutch. And pregnant. And want to read about the study’s failed attempt at finding anything else out about the effects of caffeine during pregnancy.)