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Prenatal coffee consumption can make your child obese

IANS  |  London 

Are you expecting? If so, refrain from drinking coffee, as babies born to women who drank during were found to be at a higher risk of being overweight, claims a study.

Consumption of even one or two cups of per day by expectant mothers can put their babies into a higher risk of being obese at school age.

"There may be good cause to increase the restriction of the recommended maximum of three cups of per day. Caffeine is not a medicine that needs to be consumed," said Verena Sengpiel, at the University of

However, the clear link between caffeine and the cause of is not yet proved, the study showed.

Published in BMJ Open Journal, the team included 50,943 expectant mothers. The children born to women who had consumed caffeine during were studied till they were eight years old.

During the study, children aged five years old, who were or obese were five per cent greater in the group whose mothers had the highest caffeine consumption in the study, compared to those whose mothers had the lowest caffeine consumption.

The risk of child due to prenatal caffeine consumption was also seen among women who followed the recommended amount as according to the National Food Agency, i.e. three cups of coffee every day.

Even though further studies are needed, it is better to reduce the consumption or completely refrain from caffeine intake during pregnancy, Sengpiel advised.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 13:26 IST