Good news for all you coffee addicts like myself. The latest research finds that when it comes to behavioral issues, consuming caffeine while pregnant has no effect on your future child.
This is precisely the kind of information I scoured the internet for five years ago when I was pregnant with my first son. But it wasn’t because I couldn’t imagine living the next few months without coffee. It was because I was 16 weeks along, and I had just found out we were pregnant.
My second trimester was in full swing, and I didn’t know I was pregnant.
Looking back on it now, the symptoms were all clear. I just never put them all together.
And in the midst of not seeing the obvious, I was continuing my normal lifestyle — which included at least one coffee a day. I panicked. I googled. I was reassured. And now I have a perfect, albeit extremely talkative and incessantly inquisitive, preschooler in my world.
So expectant mamas who can’t kick the caffeine habit, the first story in this week’s look at parenting headlines is just for you.
[HealthDay News] – Adding to the ongoing debate over what expectant mothers should eat and drink, new Dutch research finds no link between caffeine consumption during pregnancy and later behavioral problems in kids.
[TIME] –What do dogs or cats have to do with your baby’s risk of catching a cold? According to the latest research, they may help lower his or her risk of coughs and sniffles during the first year of life.
[Huffington Post] – Breastfeeding could influence a woman’s weight later on in life, a new British study has found.
[International Business Times] – Television has possibly hit a new low. The people who brought you the fantastically bad reality shows “Bridezillas” and “Dance Moms” are now planning to shock the masses with their newest installment, “Extreme Parenting.”
[USA Today] – The news that two parents in separate central Indiana incidents left their young child in a sweltering vehicle during a record heat wave has stirred outrage, but national child car-safety advocates say that, in reality, it happens more often than people realize and it happens to all kinds of parents.