Is a Coffee Cutback Required?
If you're trying to get pregnant, your physician will likely advise you to cut down or eliminate caffeine consumption. "Excessive coffee intake has been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage," says Dr. Eisenberg, who advises women to limit coffee intake to less than two cups a day. On the other hand, a 2003 American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting in San Antonio, Texas, revealed that sperm motility was higher in men who drank coffee compared to those who did not. The study didn't go so far as to recommend coffee for fathers-to-be since it's not clear how much caffeine is helpful, how much is too much, or even how many days, weeks, or months in advance the drug needs to take effect. So while a couple of Frappuccinos for the gentlemen won't hurt anything, they probably won't help much either. If you're a hopeful mom-to-be, stick with decaf.