Research published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggests that pregnant women who digest caffeine have smaller babies than those who don’t.
Depite the public perception that the caffeine in tea insubstantial, the results were consistent across pregnant tea and coffee drinkers.
The study examined mothers and children in Ireland, a country with high coffee consumption. In the study, just over 40 percent regularly drank coffee, another 40 percent drank tea, and the rest abstained.
“Based on the consistent associations we observed, and because many pregnancies are unplanned, we would recommend women who are pregnant or seeking to become pregnant to at least limit their intakes of caffeinated coffee and tea,” said Ling-Wei Chen, a researcher at the University College Dublin in Ireland.
According to the University, the key take away from the research is the less caffeine pregnant women consume, the less risk is involved.