How Your Partner’s Coffee Habit Could Affect Your Pregnancy

As strong as those coffee cravings are, many women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant already know the advice to seriously limit their Starbucks runs. Now researchers are reporting that it’s not just your caffeine intake, but also your partner’s caffeine-related habits that may affect your chances for an early miscarriage.

In a new study, published online last week in the journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers followed 344 heterosexual couples for several weeks before and after they became pregnant. Each partner in each couple recorded how much caffeine, alcohol, and vitamins they had every day throughout the study.

Unfortunately, 98 of the couples — a little over a quarter of them — had miscarriages. Among those, women who were older than 35, didn’t always take their vitamins, or drank more than two caffeinated drinks per day before becoming pregnant were more likely to lose their pregnancies during the study.

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