Fatherhood

Taking Too Much Caffeine Causes Miscarriage Even If Dad Drinks It



I’m sure you’ve heard about the dangers of drinking coffee that contains caffeine during pregnancy, but do you know that male consumption of caffeinated coffee and beverages before conception is also associated with pregnancy loss just like in females?

I know most men can’t do without coffee, and what’s not to like? It boosts the body’s energy, increase alertness and keeps you awake even if you’re dog tired and about to drop down.

Coffee can be good for you and can wound you too, either way, pregnant women have been advised not to drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day if they have to, so the consumption of coffee in pregnant women should be monitored.

A new research has found that caffeine consumption no matter how little isn’t good for pregnant women. The result of the research showed that out of 344 pregnancies, 28% had a miscarriage.



Drinking 3 or more caffeinated drinks every day increased the risk of an early miscarriage by 74% even if it was before conception or after.

Germaine Buck Louis of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in a Today report

said “There’s something about drinking caffeinated beverages that is associated with pregnancy loss,”

Meanwhile, caffeine consumption in fathers contributed to this risk, too.

“Male preconception consumption of caffeinated beverages was just as strongly associated with pregnancy loss as females’,” he said.

Which means if the mom stops drinking coffee and the father keeps drinking coffee, it’s still dangerous. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to throw your coffee jar away,  moderation is the key.

A little caffeine is okay, Dr. Zev Williams of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a spokesman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists noted.

“So many studies, including this one, show that one to two cups of caffeine is not harmful.”

“It’s probably better to just have one to two cups of coffee a day and avoid to having those medications to treat a rebound caffeine withdrawal headache than to go completely cold turkey.”

So potential fathers and mothers can still take their coffee, but in moderation, they should take no more than 2 cups a day.

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Why Fathers Matter In Pregnancy And Childbirth



It is commonly accepted that a mother plays a huge role in birthing a child because of the obvious reason of being the one to carry the pregnancy.

The impact of the presence of the father is often overlooked and very few studies have been conducted to measure it.

Critics observe that there are paternal factors that affect the pregnancy outcomes such as wanting or not wanting the baby, his behaviour during the pregnancy, and his relationships with the mother. These circumstances can either increase or reduce the pregnant mothers’ stress during their pregnancy, affect how they take care of themselves and the overall health of the foetus.



Pregnant women whose partners do not want the baby are less likely to get antenatal care. In addition, when a father lives an unhealthy lifestyle of smoking and drinking, it can affect the mother’s decision about it which may increase the chance of having a baby with a low birth weight.

In a research conducted by the University of South Florida, researchers reveal that when the father is involved with their partners during pregnancy it reduces the risk that the baby would die in the first year of life.

Also, babies whose fathers had no stake in their pregnancy were more likely to be born with low birth weight and the rate of deaths was about four higher than infants who had fatherly involvement during their pregnancy.  The absence of a father tends to induce other health complications in the mother, which could affect the infant such as anaemia and high blood pressure amongst others.

These result further emphasize the role of a father, husband in the life of his wife, partner, and children. So Papalettes, you are very important to the successful birth of your child. Don’t just stay on the sideline when it comes to caring for your partner or wife, get actively involved and you will see how beautiful the birthing outcome of your baby will be.

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