Aug 2, 2019
Moms-to-be better tamp down their coffee consumption during pregnancy. A study using a rat model bully just published in the Journal of Endocrinology showed that pregnant animals consuming the equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee a day gave birth to babies with impaired liver development as well as low birth weights and abnormal stress hormone levels.
The fetal liver growth is slowed due to caffeine’s ability to suppress the body’s liver growth factor. This growth factor bounces back following birth and the baby rats’ livers go through a catch up growth phase. The bad news is that this surge of liver growth factor makes the liver vulnerable to later fatty degenerative disease.
This study supports the recommendation that pregnant women avoid coffee and caffeinated beverages. This restriction should start at the time a woman begins trying to conceive.
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