Can I Still Drink Coffee When I’m Trying to Get Pregnant?

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As promised, each Thursday, we will now offer you a piece of educational, science, or research related information. The purpose of our #ThursdayThoughts post is to share with you fact-based content that can enlighten and assist you on your fertility journey. Enjoy our post! Helping to Create New Beginnings….

Can I Still Drink Coffee When I’m Trying to Get Pregnant?

There are many environmental and dietary questions when it comes to improving fertility.

One common question is whether coffee is safe to consume when trying to get pregnant. Typical recommendations for women who are pregnant or attempting to conceive are to avoid drinking more than one caffeinated beverage per day. These recommendations are based on literature linking high periconceptional caffeine intake to higher risk of miscarriage (1). A recent clinical trial looked at whether coffee consumption affects the chances of achieving a clinical pregnancy and live birth in women and couples undergoing fertility treatment (2). (

In the women undergoing IVF treatment, there was no significant difference in live birth among coffee drinkers versus those who did not drink coffee. Interestingly, women who were having IUI treatments and drank 1-5 cups of coffee per day had a slightly higher probability of achieving a clinical pregnancy compared to women who did not drink coffee. These results should be interpreted with caution and should not be utilized to change current recommendations regarding caffeine intake.

For more information regarding fertility treatment options, please schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at the Fertility Institute of Hawaii 808-545-2800, or visit our website at https://www.ivfcenterhawaii.com.

References:

  1. Gaskins AJ, et al. Pre-pregnancy caffeine and caffeinated beverage intake and risk of spontaneous abortion. Eur J Nutr. 2018 Feb;57(1):107-117.
  2. Lyngso, J. et al. Impact of female daily coffee consumption on successful fertility treatment: a Danish cohort study. Fert Ster. 2019 Jul;112(1):120-129.

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