A news story in the Belfast Telegraph caught my eye this week. A study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reported that low-level alcohol consumption in pregnant women had no increased risk of a negative impact on the baby’s cognitive or behavioral development.
The study examined social and emotional behavior as well as cognitive skills in over 10,000 7 year-old children. Results showed that children of women who consumed two units of alcohol or less per week had no significant difference in scores from other children.
Currently, the Surgeon General advises that there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume while pregnant. Binge drinking (5 or more drinks at one time) poses the greatest risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder but there is no minimum amount that can officially be deemed “safe” for the fetus. This study may re-open questions of whether having one or two drinks each while pregnant poses any great risk in pregnancy.
I have completely given up alcohol during pregnancy, like many American women. Though I did drink my small toasting glass of champagne at a family wedding last weekend. It was delicious and I didn’t feel tipsy or intoxicated at all after my few sips, which made me wonder if an occasional glass of red wine with dinner would really be so bad?
Did you completely give up drinking while pregnant or engage in occasional light drinking?
Source: Belfast Telegraph
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