Coffee in Pregnancy Increases Cleft Lip Risk

Cleft lip is a fissure causing a gap in the top lip and findings of a new study in American Journal of Epidemiology reveal drinking coffee during pregnancy slightly ups the risk of cleft lip or harelip. Experts compared data on 573 women who had babies with cleft lip and 763 women whose kids did not. Women drinking a daily cup of coffee during the first 3 months of pregnancy were 1.39 times more likely to have a baby with harelip and the likelihood increased to 1.59 for women who drank 3 or more cups of coffee a day; Reuters reports.

Sometimes I have a cup of coffee. Luckily I can’t get pregnant. Coffee, i.e. caffeine, isn’t healthy. Drinking coffee has been shown to double arthritis risk, raise blood pressure and disturb heart function. Caffeine is a toxin, which can cause headaches, anxiety and detox symptoms similar to coming off drugs.

Recently, a study showed women drinking more than 3 cups of coffee a day had 17% smaller breasts. Oh, and instant coffee can make you hallucinate. Far out man.

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) - May 8, 2009 3:50 PM

I have never come across this connection before. Very interesting.

KirbyMD - May 9, 2009 1:52 AM

Hmmmm.....your coffee article is puzzling as some Bariatric Surgeons/Doctors recommend coffee as a metabolism booster. My husband's sister was never a coffee, due to what her doctor has recommended as part of her diet after gastric-bypass, is to have 3-4 cups of coffee with artificial sweetners if needed. She can even go to Starbucks and have their "Skinny" coffee which is sugar free but does contain milk. So go figure???

Gerry Pugliese - May 9, 2009 7:46 AM

Hey KirbyMD-

Recommending 3-4 cups of coffee and artificial sweeteners? Where did this doctor get his doctrine from? Hamburger U?


Steve - May 11, 2009 8:49 AM

Hi Gerry, yeah where did that doctor study?

The doctor first recommends one of those stupid gastric operations, then suggests filling what's left of the stomach space with zero calorie, metabolism boosting fluids. Sounds like the objective is to simply lose weight as fast as possible. Sounds like Doctor Nick from the Simpsons.

Good night ev-erybody

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