Women are widely advised to avoid caffeine when pregnant — but did you know that the number of cuppas you and your partner knock back prior to conception can affect your baby’s health, too?
According to research from the National Institutes of Health and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre, a miscarriage is more likely if both the woman and her partner consume more than two caffeinated beverages a day in those weeks leading up to conceiving.
Courtney Lynch, Ph.D., one of the study’s authors, explains, “There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that exposures even as early as around the time of conception can affect the health and development of the child.”
“More basic science research is needed to better understand how paternal exposures affect health of the offspring,” Lynch says.
Still; the link between a father’s diet and his child’s physical wellbeing is strongly supported (https://www.sudocrem.co.uk/antiseptic-healing-cream/blog/7214-2/ ). “[The] effect is thought to be mediated through epigenetics“, says Lynch. “Epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression that are inherited and are not due to changes in the DNA sequence itself. For instance, poor quality paternal diets have been shown to be associated with changes in metabolism in their children.”
But before you tearfully bid adieu to your mochaccino, the authors found that taking a daily multivitamin could minimise the risk of miscarrying due to excess caffeine consumption.
The bottom-line; what you do to your body matters. Even before you officially become responsible for another life.
The study’s author emphasises:
“The first thing that couples can do is to recognise the growing body of evidence that suggests that their health and lifestyle around the time of conception can impact not only pregnancy outcomes, but also the health of their children”.