All women who have had one or more children know that certain foods can be transmitted from mother to child … If you are pregnant, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and many medications should be avoided. Few women do not know that these substances can affect the future development of their child.
However, a recent study would tend to show that caffeine also crosses the placental barrier. Children of women who consume a lot of coffee have more pronounced behavioral problems than children who did not use caffeine during their pregnancy!
A study published by the Del Monte Institute of Neuroscience explains that excessive coffee consumption can be harmful to the child. Like all other foods, caffeine crosses the placenta. But the fetus is not armed to break down the caffeine neuroregulator.
The noticeable difference would be the baby’s weight, much less than a baby without caffeine. Again, according to this study, the effects of intrauterine coffee cannot affect the baby at birth. But have consequences for his behavior later in childhood.
No more than two cups a day!
However, it is necessary to qualify the study and indicate that these consequences can occur beyond two cups the pregnant woman consumes per day. Doctors already recommend cutting back on coffee or tea consumption while pregnant, and this study shows they aren’t wrong! However, this study could lead to even more restrictive coffee consumption for expectant mothers.
Even more restrictive coffee consumption for expectant mothers. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Dejan Dundjerski
“Current clinical guidelines already suggest limiting caffeine intake during pregnancy – no more than two normal cups of coffee a day. In the long run we hope to develop better guidance for mothers, but in the meantime they should ask their doctor if any concerns arise. Explains study author Zachary Christensen.
How did you conduct this study?
The researchers analyzed brain scans from 9,000 children aged 9 and 10 years. For children whose mothers remembered drinking a lot of coffee, the ways that connect regions of the brain were different. However, doctors state that too much coffee during pregnancy will not cause major psychiatric problems in the future. But that these still remain noticeable.
Like any food or drink, high-dose coffee can be addicting … There are alternatives to caffeine like decaffeinated coffee that allow you to keep drinking coffee without causing addiction. Coffee should be consumed in moderation, but this is nothing new!