Consuming caffeine during pregnancy does not have an impact on
the child's sleeping habits, according to new research, as long as
it is consumed in moderation.


Ina Santos and colleagues at Federal University of Pelotas, in
Brazil, found that drinking one or two cups of coffee during the
day does not have an impact on their child's sleep. The study took
into account nearly 900 mothers, and offers firmer evidence on a
topic that has been mired with contravening evidence over the
years.


Previous studies have linked caffeine during pregnancy to
miscarriage or premature birth, but a string of recent studies have
failed to confirm these findings. This recent work adds more
evidence to the growing belief that caffeine may not be as harmful
as originally thought, with the researchers focusing on sleep this
time around.


The Brazilian work, published in Pediatrics, found that modest
amounts of caffeine intake will pose little danger to sleep
patterns.


Ina Santos and her colleagues wrote: "Caffeine consumption during
pregnancy and by nursing mothers seems not to have consequences on
sleep of infants at the age of three months."


This was based on a study of 885 new mothers who were interviewed
about their caffeine intake and infants' sleep habits at the age of
three months. All but one mother said they drank caffeinated
beverages during pregnancy, with around 20 per cent considered to
be heavy consumers of at least 300 milligrams a day, and just over
14 per cent reported to have a heavy caffeine intake three months
after giving birth.


There was no clear link between caffeine intake in the parent and
sleep habits in the child. Close to 15 per cent of mothers said
their three-month-old woke up more than three times each night,
which was considered "frequent." But the odds were not
statistically greater for the mothers who were heavy caffeine
consumers.


William Barth, chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston said: "I think this report adds to the
growing body of literature suggesting that moderate caffeine
consumption during pregnancy is generally safe."


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