Also keep in mind that the caffeine study has come under criticism.
I think I have a strong gut reaction to research like this because it seems like an excellent way to make women feel guilty for something that most likely would have happened no matter what.
|Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and of epidemiology, at Columbia University Medical Center, had reservations about the study, noting that miscarriage is difficult to study or explain. She said that most miscarriages resulted from chromosomal abnormalities, and that there was no evidence that caffeine could cause those problems.
“Just interviewing women, over half of whom had already had their miscarriage, does not strike me as the best way to get at the real scientific question here,” she said. “But it is an excellent way to scare women.”
She said that smoking, chlamydial infections and increasing maternal age were stronger risk factors for miscarriage, and ones that women could do something about.
“Moderation in all things is still an excellent rule,” Dr. Westhoff said.