Pregnant? A Little Wine Won't Hurt

   By drodriguez  Oct 12, 2010

If you follow health reports in the news than you probably have noticed that we are always being given changing and conflicting advice on what we should eat, how we should exercise, and what medicines to take.  This is especially true for women who are pregnant.  For years women were told to abstain entirely from drinking alcohol while pregnant, but a new study reveals that it may be perfectly fine to have a drink every now and again.

The study, reported about in Time magazine and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, reveals that drinking one or two glasses of wine once a week while pregnant shows no ill effects on kindergarten age children whose mothers did this.  The study also found that this group of children actually had less behavioral problems and did slightly better on cognitive tests than children of mothers who abstained from drinking during pregnancy entirely.  

So is light drinking during pregnancy actually good for your unborn child?  Probably not..  Light drinkers involved with the study tended to be more highly educated and wealthier than those who abstained and who drank more.  When researchers took this into account the results were not as significant as they had been.  For example, before taking the mother’s income and education into account children born to light drinkers were 33 percent less likely to have behavioural issues, but after researchers factored this in the number dropped to 23 percent.

No matter the findings, American health officials still urge pregnant women to abstain from drinking alcohol while pregnant in an attempt to eliminate any chance of fetal alcohol syndrome.

What do you think of the latest study showing light drinking during pregnancy to be safe?

Would you consider having a glass of wine now and again while pregnant?

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yamagirl by yamagirl | POWDER SPGS, GA
Nov 21, 2010

As long as you are informed of what will or will not happen in any case ( preg. travleing .. what not) it will be your choice.

justmauid by justmauid | Dexter, ME
Oct 31, 2010

Once your baby is born are you going to put wine in it's bottle because it's only a little? I don't think it really matters if a little is okay, I think mothers-to-be need to put their child first. is it really that difficult to go nine months without alcohol? Come on girls!

Sparkleandshine by Sparkleandshine | Chandler, AZ
Oct 29, 2010

I did enjoy 1 small glass of champagne at a wedding with my first and with my second I relaxed a bit more and had maybe 2 glasses of wine throughout the whole pregnancy. I did not feel the least bit guilty and researched the effects and spoke with my OB before doing so. I say do what you are comfortable with. It may mean abstaining or it may mean having that tiny glass of wine, just be informed.

Sparkleandshine by Sparkleandshine | Chandler, AZ
Oct 29, 2010

The reason that the health officials have to say to abstain is because they know that many people can not moderate themselves - they are saving us from ourselves. They haven't been able to prove exactly what amount of alcohol is safe of course who would be the test subject for that! Therefore they have to take a hard line and say absolutely no alcohol. Each body metabolizes alcohol differently and unfortunately some people would binge drink and tell everyone that the Dr. said it was fine. I do believe that a small amount of alcohol is fine for most people but knowing where to draw the line is hard for some. Some people find half a bottle of wine to be a small amount but what they are talking about here is an 1/8 of a bottle as there are generally 4 glasses of wine in the bottle and they are recommending a half glass.

theresadoc32 by theresadoc32 | hammond, IN
Oct 28, 2010

everyday in the news one day its safe the next its not,, jeez, we would all live boring lives Stuckin the house, with nothing around us, doing nothing & eating nothing, if we listen to the news, i quit watching it , just only depresses me... i drank before i knew i was pregnant for 3months like once a week, quit after i found out & realized i was pregnant my child is healthy & normal

eldapc11 by eldapc11 | SANTA ANA, CA
Oct 26, 2010

I'd rather be safe than sorry, I didn't drink at all while pregnant and I wouldn't if I were pregnant again

hiho_27 by hiho_27 | SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Oct 26, 2010

I have never been pregnant but my friend who is a doctor had 2 healthy babies while drinking a glass of RED wine occasionally.

stepsal by stepsal | ROSEDALE, MD
Oct 26, 2010

I think moderation is key. In general, why risk it?? But having half a glas 2-3 times throughout the duration of your pregnancy will hardly hurt. I know a lot of women who drank while they were pregnant (mainly because they didn't know they were pregnant yet) and none of them have had issues... that doesn't mean weekly benders are ok either.

MyersMF by MyersMF | Browns Mills, NJ
Oct 26, 2010

If the amount of wine consumed is able to be metabolized by the mother (which is different depending on body mass etc.) I don't see how a small, infrequent intake could harm a developing fetus. A pregnant friend of mine was recommended 1/2 glass of wine a few times a week by her OBGYN to help control her blood pressure because she was feeling faint. It worked, and her child is very intelligent and athletic.

erenfro by erenfro | Fort Worth, TX
Oct 22, 2010

I LOVE wine, so when I'm preggo, I miss it. With all three pregnancies I had a glass of wine 2 or 3 times during the 40 weeks. I usually didn't finish it, I just don't have the ability to drink much when pregnant, but it was nice, like a small luxury. It made me feel better to enjoy a small amount. Sometimes pregnancy feels like a trap where you can't do this and that, and that, so having a little wine is a release, and relaxing too.

ashelyluvu by ashelyluvu | REDFORD, MI
Oct 22, 2010

i diddo some of you all comments i say no wine o smoking no anything that you wudnt want your mom to do if she was pregnan

theOdyssey by theOdyssey | ROYERSFORD, PA
Oct 21, 2010

I'd much rather be safe than sorry and stay completely away from all alcohol. These studies are always contradicting each other. Who knows what to believe any more...

ualauren by ualauren | VISTA, CA
Oct 20, 2010

I think that drinking most likely impacts the development of a child during certain stages of their prenatal development. But until this study is confirmed SEVERAL times, I wouldn't risk it.

erinvictoria19 by erinvictoria19 | Brownstown, MI
Oct 19, 2010

My girlfriends and I always laugh at the movies that show people pouring a 1/4 of a glass of wine. We fill it to the 3/4 line when we share a bottle of wine. So, if the doctor recommends a 1/2 glass of wine, is that just a splash in the glass? And let's be honest, a lot of people can't stop at 1 glass. I think it's better to just avoid temptation. Drink grape juice, it has very similar "healthy aspects" of red wine.

uniquemom by uniquemom | READING, PA
Oct 17, 2010

My aunt is a neonatal nurse in Italy and when I visited her at 17 weeks ( in 1998) she had suggested half a glass (of red) a day to promote better blood circulation and healthy placenta flow. I didn't do it everyday, but as I know red wine thins the blood, I did enjoy it twice a week. I now have three very healthy children. I don't know if it made any difference, but it didn't hurt and on some day it did help me relax. Everyone has to make their own decisions about such things. An open mind is a good thing.