Can coffee cause miscarriages?

January 22, 2008 5:42:01 PM PST
Should you change your morning caffeine routine? Doctors have new findings that show caffeine during pregnancy could be harmful to your health.

A new study by Kaiser Permanente shows a link between caffeine and miscarriage. So, what do pregnant women need to know, to protect their health and the health of their unborn children? The lead researcher in this study, Dr. De-Kun Li, and highly acclaimed obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Ricki Pollycove, joined us with some answers about this serious matter.

Dr. Ricki Pollycove works in Gynecology at the California Pacific Medical Center and Dr. De-Kun Li, Ph.D. from Kaiser Permanente is the lead researcher on recent findings on caffeine and miscarriages.

Dr. Ricki Pollycove's Web site:

Coffee & Energy Drinks
Starbucks Latte (16 oz.): 150 mg
Coffee, brewed (8 oz.): 95 mg
Red Bull (8.3 oz.): 76 mg
Espresso (1 oz.): 64 mg
Instant coffee (8 oz.): 64 mg
Coffee, decaf, brewed (8 oz.): 2 mg

Black tea (8 oz.): 47 mg
Green tea (8 oz.): 30-50 mg
Herbal tea (8 oz.): 0 mg

Mountain Dew (12 oz.): 54 mg
Diet Coke (12 oz.): 47 mg
Dr Pepper (12 oz.): 41 mg
Pepsi (12 oz.): 38 mg
Diet Pepsi (12 oz.): 35 mg
Coca-Cola Classic (12 oz.): 35 mg
Barq's Root Beer (12 oz.): 23
7Up/Sprite (12 oz.): 0 mg

Excedrin, Extra Strength (2 tablets): 130 mg
Hershey's Chocolate Bar (1.55 oz.): 9 mg
Hot cocoa (8 oz.): 8 mg
Chocolate milk (8 oz.): 6 mg
Sources: USDA Nutrient Database,

About Dr. Ricki Pollycove:
Doctor Ricki Pollycove has a national reputation for offering highly individualized and sensitive health care to women for over 20 years. She is a leader in the promotion of women's wellness through health education devoted to disease prevention, complete understanding of available treatment options and patient empowerment. Dr. Pollycove has lectured widely to women in many settings and is a featured speaker at continuing education courses for doctors. She offers comprehensive individual counseling, consultation and complete physical exams and gynecologic services, including major and minor surgery.