Light drinking ok while pregnant?

A no-no or ok?

Something strange happens when you announce to friends and family you’re pregnant.  All of a sudden, you’re bombarded with advice about what you should and shouldn’t be doing during those nine months.  I don’t blame you if you find it all confusing, especially considering the establishment can’t seem to agree what’s best for the health of a pregnant woman and her baby. 

Case in point…a new study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds mothers-to-be who drink 1-2 servings of alcohol per day, won’t be putting their babies at risk for developmental disabilities down the road.  In fact, the study found the children born to light drinkers were less likely to suffer behavioral problems and scored higher on cognitive tests. 

And yet…doctors are still advising women to avoid alcohol, especially during the first trimester. 

Confused yet? 

So who’s right? 

I guess it’s really up to the individual, but I’m in the belief that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Giving up the drink for nine months (or at least the first three) is really a small sacrifice considering the negative alternatives.


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