By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 9:57 am in Health & Safety.
As little as two cups of Joe per day can double your chances of miscarriage, according to a new Bay Area study conducted by Kaiser and published this morning in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. And it’s not just that Starbucks pick-me-up that’s to blame – it’s caffeine in any form, including tea, soda or hot chocolate. Pregnant women who ingest 200 milligrams or more – the equivalent of about 2 cups of coffee or 5 12-oz. sodas daily – are most at risk, but doctors are also warning women who are planning to get pregnant to avoid caffeine, because the fetus is most at risk during the first 20 to 40 days after the egg is fertilized. For many women, that’s before they even know they’re pregnant.