Coffee linked to child weight gain

Results add supporting evidence to reduce caffeine intake during pregnancy

Babies exposed to moderate to high levels of caffeine while in the womb are more likely to gain excess weight in early childhood, research shows.

pregnant belly coffee

A Norwegian study of 51,000 mothers and children concludes children exposed to more than 200 mg of caffeine per day - two coffees or four teas - are more likely to be overweight by the age of three.

The findings published in journal BMJ Open challenge current recommendations to only limit caffeine intake while pregnant.