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Caffeine intake during pregnancy

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2316 (Published 03 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2316

Beware of Caffeine

Caffeine, an addictive stimulant and social lubricant, which is present in coffee,
tea, and cola, creates the euphoria of mental energy and hydration, and the
sickness of mental lethargy and dehydration. The euphoria of mental energy
and hydration, and the sickness of mental lethargy and dehydration, are polar
opposites, which reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds you to the sickness;
and the sickness makes you crave the euphoria. Ironically, caffeine creates and
aggravates the very sickness it seems to cure.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 December 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA