A new position statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that intake of 200 milligrams a day of caffeine will not increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.
It is common to see women stop drinking coffee after they find they are pregnant, but this new statement calms those fears. However the ACOG said in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology that higher amounts of caffeine still posed a risk.
"For years, women have been getting mixed messages about whether or not they should have any caffeine during pregnancy," said a released statement by William H. Barth Jr., MD, chair of ACOG's committee on obstetric practice. "After a review of the scientific evidence to date, daily moderate caffeine consumption doesn't appear to have any major impact in causing miscarriage or preterm birth."