For years I’ve been seeing studies pop up telling us about one health risk or another associated with coffee intake and then a month or so later reports start popping up contradicting those health risk. It seems like certain factions of the scientific community want to find a reason for me to stop drinking (so much) coffee. Of course there also seems to be other factions that are hard at work trying to disprove the anti-coffe factions so I guess that evens things out. It does make me wonder about the community of scientific researchers at times, though.
What brings this up is that the anti-coffe faction seems to have found another health risk. If you are pregnant and you drink more than four cups of coffee a day you are more likely to have a still-born baby than non-coffee drinkers.
The researchers looked at 18,478 pregnant women booked in to give birth at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark between 1989 and 1996.
The team, led by Kirsten Wisborg of Aarhus University Hospital, found that pregnant women who drank four to seven cups a day had an 80% increased risk.
And those who consumed more than eight had a 300% higher risk, compared with women who did not have coffee during pregnancy.
Now, I’m not going to suggest that pregnant women ought to completely ignore this study and keep on drinking copious amounts of coffee. I think its very reasonable advice for pregnant women to moderate their coffee intake or even abstain from coffee all together. I’m just wanting to see how long it takes for this study’s results to be questioned by another study finding no similar results.