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Coffee & Health

Maternal intake of caffeinated products and birth defects: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

Y Yue et al, 2020.
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, published online.
August 20, 2020


Caffeinated products are frequently consumed by women of childbearing age worldwide. It still unclear that whether maternal intake of caffeine associated with an increased risk of birth defects. We searched the databases of PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and Web of Science for eligible studies through July 2020. All studies examining the association between maternal consumption of caffeine or caffeinated products and birth defects were included. Twenty-nine studies were included in this meta-analysis. Among all the birth defects, maternal caffeine consumption was associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular defects, [odds ratio (OR) 1.17; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.07-1.28], craniofacial defects (OR 1.09; 95% CI, 1.02-1.17), alimentary tract defects (OR 1.35; 95% CI, 1.16-1.56), and abdominal-wall defects and hernia (OR 1.13; 95% CI, 1.03-1.25). No association was found between maternal caffeine intake and musculoskeletal system defects, genitourinary system defects, nervous system defects, or chromosomal abnormalities. Meanwhile, all three of the caffeine consumption categories (low, moderate, and high) were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular defects and alimentary tract defects.

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