A couple weeks ago our lovely Rebecca covered a new study that concluded a drink or two a week in pregnant women isn’t going to harm your unborn child. But the state of Utah and their health officials are fighting back calling the study flawed because of the method it was conducted.
Utah Department of Public Health officials say the message of the study is giving expecting mothers, and breastfeeding mothers the wrong message. Instead of knowing the should abstain from alcohol altogether, they feel like they have a free pass to indulge.
The UCL study found no difference in the cognitive development, and behavioral habits of children born to light drinkers, than to women who abstained during pregnancy completely.
But Al Romeo the Director of the Pregnancy Risk Hotline in Utah says :
The study was flawed because of the way the data was collected. The women were asked long after their babies were born to remember specific amounts they had to drink. “They asked women nine months after delivery what kind of alcohol they had, and how often they had it. I have a hard time remembering what I had for dinner a month ago.”
Along side of this statement, Mr. Romeo included over thirty years of studies and research have clearly shown that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, because of the way each woman metabolizes alcohol.
All this talk about alcohol and wine makes me want to pop open the bottle of delish strawberry wine I have left in my cabinet from the summer, but my mind, and conscious always gets the best of me. I just can’t bring myself to drink while pregnant.
What do you think?
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