Study Suggests Light Drinking During Pregnancy Is Okay but Don’t Pop the Cork Just Yet

ByRachel Sylvester
Assistant Editor, The Knot
Jun 2012
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On the short list of things you have to give up when you get pregnant is your evening glass of wine right? Well some Danish researchers say maybe not.

For their newly released study, published in medical journal  BJOG, the researchers surveyed the drinking habits of over 1,500 women and then analyzed their children’s intelligence test results.

According to the report, mothers who consumed small amounts of alcohol during the early stages of pregnancy had children with no visible signs of mental problems at age five. Even up to eight drinks per week was not associated with significant mental impairments. The kids whose moms drank nine or more drinks per week, however, were more likely to have lower attention spans.

But before you pop the wine cork, know that the research only observed the children up to the age of five. The  researchers themselves warned that their findings aren’t proof that light to moderate drinking is safe for baby. “As alcohol is a known teratogen [meaning it causes birth defects], it remains the most conservative advice for women to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy,” they said in a release.

And while there has been other research suggesting light drinking may be okay during pregnancy, there are also  studies that say no amount of alcohol during pregnancy is proven safe. Sounds like more research needs to be done to reach a real conclusion.

What are your thoughts on drinking while pregnant? Would you do it in moderation? Or say no way?

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