I know I'm not the booze police, but I'm sticking with the assumption that drinking alcohol while pregnant is bad. It's been proven that drinking heavily during pregnancy can cause miscarriages, premature births, and fetal alcohol syndrome, which can lead to low birth weights, birth defects and learning and behavioral disorders. A respected study from 2012 shows that as little as two drinks a week in the first trimester can increase a woman's risk of miscarriage. Of course, you might be thinking, "I had a few drinks before I found out I was pregnant and everything is still fine with my baby," but once you know, why risk anything bad happening to your baby over the craving for a glass of wine? I know I can wait the nine months!
So, I personally don't believe this new study out of Copenhagen by psychologist Janni Niclasen that claims that women who drink a bottle of wine a month during pregnancy go on to have children who are better adjusted emotionally and behaviorally than those who abstain from drinking alcohol while pregnant.
The population study between 1996 and 2002 involved 100,000 pregnant Danish women interviewed at three separate occasions about their consumption of alcohol, twice in pregnancy and again when their children were six months old. When their children were seven, 37,000 women who had answered all three rounds of questions were contacted again.
In an interview with the Express, Niclasen said: "At first sight this makes no sense, since alcohol during pregnancy is not seen as beneficial to child behavior (Ok, we're on the same page there!). "But when you look at the lifestyle of the mothers, you find an explanation. "Mothers who drank 90 units or more of alcohol turn out to be the most well educated and to have the healthiest lifestyle over all." She also warned it was "important to emphasize that this is not an invitation to pregnant women to drink alcohol". Thank you for that!
As I mentioned in this previous post, about drinking alcohol while pregnant, the truth is that differences between individual women, such as genetic or metabolic differences, likely influence the effect of alcohol on a fetus. Whereas some research has suggested that drinking does not harm babies, according to an article in Live Science, researchers say "nothing causes problems in 100 percent of exposed babies." Because of that, most pediatricians and health organizations recommend pregnant women avoid alcohol entirely, as there's no sure way to determine how any one child might be affected. So why chance it?
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