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For Pregnant and Nursing Moms: Coffee will not Disturb your Children

For Pregnant and Nursing Moms: Coffee will not Disturb your Children

(ePharmaNews) - Obviously that drinking too much coffee leads to insomnia and disruption of sleep, and there is also a widespread belief among doctors that this effect can be transmitted from mothers to children either during pregnancy or with milk during nursing. "Stay away from coffee" seems a usual advice, but it is scientifically incorrect based on the results of a recent study.

In April issue of Pediatrics journal, researchers found that Caffeine consumption among expectant or new mothers does not appear to affect the nighttime sleeping habits of their newborns, although the "caffeine" can be excreted through milk but not in sufficient quantity that could change the sleep behavior of the baby.
 A Brazilian team of researchers tracked more than 4,200 infants who were born in 2004 in Brazil, analyzed sleeping patterns among those infants until the age of 3 months, and compared it with caffeine-consumption habits of their mothers both before and after delivery. Heavy coffee drinkers were defined as those who consumed 300 milligrams or more of caffeine per day, either via coffee or some other caffeinated beverage.
All but one of the mothers regularly consumed some caffeine. About one in five was considered a heavy caffeine drinker during pregnancy, and more than 14 percent continued to drink caffeine heavily as their newborns reached 3 months of age.

 Analyzing the results, the researchers found that children’s awakening during night was common, and nearly 14 percent were frequent nighttime wakers. But they did not find statistically significant connection between mothers’ consumption of coffee during pregnancy or lactation and their babies’ night awakenings.
The researchers concluded that there was no evidence that caffeine consumption, at any particular level, could be linked to sleep-pattern disruptions among the infants.
On the other hand, some doctors treat with caution the results of this study, as heavy coffee drinkers does not affect, perhaps on infant sleep habits, but the effect of "caffeine" must have been transmitted to the fetus and cause speed in the heart rate, except for its effects on the mother’s health, and what is comforting that caffeine is not seem as dangerous as mother’s smoking or consumption of alcohol during her pregnancy.

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Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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