New research warns couples trying to conceive that consuming more than two caffeinated beverages a day increases the risk of miscarriage by 74%, TODAY reports.
Whether ingested before conception or after, drinking more than two caffeinated drinks including coffee, soda and energy drinks, women were twice as likely to lose the pregnancy early on.
But the guys aren't off the hook either--miscarriage risk was affected by the dietary habits of both the man and the woman equally, meaning miscarriage could be equally risky if the man were to consume too much caffeine.
Leader of the study, Germaine Buck Louis of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, explained, "Our findings provide useful information for couples who are planning a pregnancy and who would like to minimize their risk for early pregnancy loss."
Dr. Zev Williams of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said that it's important to note that a little caffeine is OK.
"So many studies, including this one, show that one to two cups of caffeine is not harmful," Williams explained.0comments
Rather than going cold turkey, suffering headaches and then taking medications that could themselves be harmful, he recommends following the guidelines and enjoying caffeinated beverages in moderation.
The study also found that taking a good multi-vitamin before or after conception also decreased miscarriage risk by nearly half.