More evidence that even small amounts of caffeine consumption during pregnancy affect childhood growth

Clinical Question

Does maternal caffeine consumption, even in small amounts, result in an adverse effect on child growth?

Bottom line

Caffeine exposure during pregnancy, including levels below current clinically recommended guidelines, is associated with shorter stature in early childhood with current evidence available through 8 years of age. 1b

Study design: Cohort (retrospective)

Funding: Government

Setting: Population-based


David C. Slawson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Education and Scholarship
Atrium Health
Professor of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Charlotte, NC

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Caffeine consumption n pregnancy

The reported differences are meaningless

Eric Nicholas Kaziuka

Caffeine consumption in pregnancy

Details in the article present numbers which I assume mean something to a researcher in this field, but they are not real life numbers related to height and weight. Makes it hard to find a relevance. Not like NTT of 1,000 ! Also related article linked to this stated caffeine caused LBW and childhood obesity. A little contradictory.


quite relevant

restrict cafe in pregnancy


caffeine during pregancy

slower growth after birth


Impact assessment

Very good