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Coffee: A few cups of it every now and again has been considered one of the few �safe� vices enjoyed by pregnant women. Until now. [MSNBC]

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a new study has found that even a modest amount of caffeine could double a woman�s risk of miscarriage.

There�s more: The source of caffeine � whether from coffee, tea or sodas � doesn�t make a difference. But one thing to take into consideration is that a cup of coffee can have varying amounts of caffeine depending on how it is brewed, with some brands containing more of the addictive chemical than others. A tall brewed coffee from Starbucks, for instance, packs 270 mg of caffeine. A tall latte from the chain, however, contains 75 mg.

The risk of a miscarriage was more than double in women who consumed 200 mg or more of caffeine, with 25 percent suffering a miscarriage compared to just 12 percent of women who didn�t consume caffeine.

But don�t go throwing away those Starbucks gift cards just yet. It�s too early to sound the alarm, according to many experts. Larger studies that confirm the miscarriage risk would be necessary before these relatively low amounts of caffeine are considered unhealthy.

Overall, caffeine is not a major cause of miscarriage, which occurs in up to 20 percent of known pregnancies. More than 60 percent of these faulty pregnancies are due to chromosomal defects in the fetus that are beyond the mother�s control.

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