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Pregnant Women are Drinking Alcohol

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, drinking alcohol while pregnant is a really bad idea.  In fact, their official stance on the matter leaves no wiggle room whatsoever:   “No amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.”

That’s right.  None.  Not even a thimble full of whiskey or a small glass of wine.  That seems rather harsh but generations of American women have faithfully followed that advice and avoided the bottle out of fears of doing some harm to their unborn child.    Until now, that is.  According to an article in the New York Post, more and more pregnant women are drinking alcohol and not feeling guilty about it.

Well, maybe some of them are feeling a little guilty about it.  One woman, who admits to enjoying the occasional glass of wine during her fourth month of pregnancy, asked that her name not be used for fear of losing her “standing in the mommy community.”

Fear of sancti-mommies aside, the main reason women abstain from drinking alcohol while pregnant is out of concern for the damage it may do to their unborn child.  But according to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, moms who had “one to two” drinks per week while pregnant were at no higher risk of having a child with cognitive deficits than those who had no alcohol at all.

But judging by the comments on a Babble article about drinking while pregnant, there’s not enough scientific evidence in the world to convince some moms that a drink now and then while pregnant is okay.  It’s a risk that many just wouldn’t take.  Would you?

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