Gulp?! Can What You Drink Affect Your Ability to Conceive?

 

Women often become hyper-aware of what they are putting into their bodies once they become pregnant. But did you know it is important to be mindful of these choices while trying to conceive, as well? Studies have shown drink choices can impact the time it takes to conceive, especially if you’re a lover of sodas.

Researchers in Denmark studied more than 3,500 women over a three-year period. They monitored their liquid intake to see if caffeine, coffee, teas and sodas would impact the time it took them to conceive. The results showed the impact on length of time to conceive in respect to caffeine intake varied depending on the type of drink consumed. Coffee intake had little impact on chances of conceiving and women who drank two or more servings of regular tea a day had a moderately higher chance of becoming pregnant, while two or more servings of any type of soda a day led to lower rates of conceiving (1).

Coffee lovers rejoice! It seems you can likely enjoy your cup of java while planning to conceive. Of course, these findings are not surprising. Although researchers try their best to account for any differences in lifestyle factors beyond caffeinated beverages that could affect chances of conception, they cannot account for them all. One could hypothesize that those drinking soda on a regular basis may also be having more processed, high-refined sugar foods than those who are not. In addition, because coffee can sometimes have a negative connotation in regards to fertility and pregnancy, those who choose regular tea during pre-conception are perhaps making other more fertilityfriendly lifestyle and food choices such as higher vegetable and fruit intake and a whole foods based diet.

Source:

(1) Hatch EE, Wise LA, Mikkelsen EM, et al. Caffeinated Beverage and Soda Consumption and Time to pregnancy. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass). 2012;23(3):393-401. doi:10.1097/EDE.0b013e31824cbaac.