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Pregnant? A Little Wine Won't Hurt

Pregnant?  A Little Wine Won't Hurt

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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  • joya08 By joya08
    10.15.10  

    i still think is not a good idea.

  • mama89 By mama89
    10.16.10  

    i still wouldn't consider doing it

  • fishersonia By fishersonia
    10.16.10  

    Better safe than sorry. Still not a good idea. If you wouldn't let your child drink it, then you shouldn't drink it when they are consuming your intakes.

  • uniquemom By uniquemom
    10.17.10  

    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.

  • erinvictoria19 By erinvictoria19
    10.19.10  

    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.

  • ualauren By ualauren
    10.20.10  

    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.

  • theOdyssey By theOdyssey
    10.21.10  

    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...

  • ashelyluvu By ashelyluvu
    10.22.10  

    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

  • erenfro By erenfro
    10.22.10  

    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.

  • MyersMF By MyersMF
    10.26.10  

    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.

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