New study of the risks of caffeine during pregnancy

A new study of the risks of caffeine during pregnancy by scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has revealed that consuming between 200-300mg of caffeine can raise the risk of a baby being born “small for gestational age” by between 27 and 62 per cent, as reported by

Sixty thousand women participated in the research and coffee was the source of most of the caffeine the women consumed, and for non-coffee drinkers, the main contributions came from tea and chocolate.

Current NHS guidelines suggest no more than 200mg per day. Perhaps these limits are not low enough?

So what are we supposed to do with this new information regarding the risks of caffeine during pregnancy?

The research is too new for there to have been an investigation into the findings and I’d imagine that for the current guidelines on pregnancy and caffeine to change, further research will need to be concluded. So, we’re likely be stuck in limbo for a while.

I think that it’s all about what you’re comfortable with, as dictated by your conscience and your mummy instinct.

The guideline says no more than 200mg per day, so try and stick to that and if you’re worried about low birth weight then just do less caffeine. I don’t think it needs to be over-complicated.

Did you stick the 200mg caffeine guideline when you were pregnant?

Source: – “Pregnant women urged to give up coffee”