Heavy Coffee Drinking Can Halve Your Chances

New research suggests that heavy coffee drinking can reduce your pregnancy chances from IVF up to 50 percent.

Cup of coffee

If you drink five (or more) cups of coffee a day and going through IVF treatments, your chances of pregnancy could be reduced by as much as 50 percent, a study from Denmark says.

But I love coffee!

Take heart, moms -- the study also showed that if you consume between one and five cups of coffee per day, your chances didn’t seem to be affected. And while the study confirmed an association, it was unable to prove a direct cause and effect, so more studies need to be done.

Researchers said that there may be other factors involved. For example, if the heavy coffee drinkers turned to coffee due to stress, then it could be the stress, and not the java, that caused the difference.

Orange juiceWhat can you do?

Switch to decaf before you undergo IVF treatments. IVF is no joke financially and the more boost you can give to your chances, the better. There is still caffeine in decaf, but significantly less amounts. You may consider weaning yourself off caffeine altogether, but be warned -- caffeine withdrawal can be painful. It can lead to severe headaches and general achiness.

If you need a pick-me-up in the morning, go natural with vitamin C. Vitamin C can help wake you up in the morning, which is probably why orange juice is known as a breakfast staple. And it’s terrifically good for you as well. Or how about a strawberry, banana and orange juice smoothie? Do you love grapefruit?

Here are some other excellent sources of vitamin C: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kiwi, red pepper, parsley, guava and cauliflower.

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