PregnancyHow coffee affects your fertility and lowers the chances of pregnancy

How coffee affects your fertility and lowers the chances of pregnancy

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages, but it is not very suitable for those women who want to become pregnant, as it can negatively affect their fertility.

Over the years, different stimulant drinks with caffeine, especially coffee being one of the most popular, have always been surrounded by some doubts, myths and beliefs directly related to their possible negative effects when it comes to getting pregnant.

The truth is that we are faced with approaches that, rather than being beliefs, have been scientifically proven and verified.

In this regard, numerous studies have demonstrated that the excess caffeine harms women who wish to become pregnant, because it is a substance that negatively affects fertility.

Medical specialists and scholars have even put quantities on the table: regularly drinking a cup and a half of coffee each day delays conception. But its effects do not end there, since it increases the risk of suffering a miscarriage.

It has also been shown that coffee reduces the ability of a woman’s body to absorb iron, a mineral that is essential not only for the future mother’s own health, but also for the fetus itself during pregnancy.

Therefore, it is recommended that if you want to get pregnant you eliminate beverages rich in caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks. In addition, did you know that isotonic drinks also contain high levels of caffeine?

The best? Try to opt for fresh natural juices and water. Decaffeinated beverages can also be helpful, but some still contain caffeine, albeit in small amounts.

Coffee and female fertility

The ability to conceive a baby depends on many factors, since not only the antecedents of both parents influence, but also the eating habits of each one, since some foods limit the reproductive capacity of both and especially the mother.

As we indicated previously, one of those foods or drinks that generate doubts when it comes to consumption and fertility is coffee, since caffeine greatly reduces the chances of conceiving a baby, so it is advisable to reduce consumption before conceiving and during pregnancy.

It would be essential for the future mother to reduce the consumption of this food since numerous studies have confirmed the strong impact they have on female fertility.

What happens if I drink coffee before I conceive?

As we have mentioned previously, coffee limits a woman’s ability to conceive because it causes a decrease in the body to capture iron, one of the most important minerals to conceive along with iodine and folic acid; and it can even cause anemia.

The most advisable thing is to take less amount than usual and if it is eliminated from the diet even better, not only does coffee contain caffeine, tea or soft drinks also contain amounts of caffeine that can damage the development of the fetus when you are already pregnant.

In the case of pregnant mothers, the consumption of caffeine can harm the health of the baby, causing spontaneous abortions or the death of the fetus.

If you are trying to conceive a baby, limit the caffeine consumption of certain liquids such as coffee, isotonic drinks, tea or soft drinks because they not only reduce fertility if they cannot cause a miscarriage.

And what about the man?

In the case of men, things are not so, so clear, since although it is true that until a few years ago it was thought that caffeine was detrimental to their fertility by influencing poor sperm production, a study carried out in Brazil showed that it was able to increase the speed of sperm.

In this sense, it is best to reduce the amount of coffee that a man who wants to have children drinks per day, reducing it to one or two at most.


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