Here's a new study that's bound to create some controversy: light drinking during pregnancy does the baby no harm in the long run, and is, in fact, ok to do.
Published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Heath on October 5, the study found that children of mothers who consumed one to two units of alcohol a week suffered no ill side-effects by the age of 5. They did not have behavioral difficulties, and were not behind on intellectual development.
I think the most important part of this study is the amount of alcohol deemed safe. One to two drinks a week. Not a day.
And any more than that, especially binge drinking, is still off limits for women who are expecting.
As women around the world rejoice in this good news, some critics and opponents are speaking out. I was watching the news yesterday morning, and one person interviewed brought up a good point-- if you don't need a drink, why even risk it? And besides, the researchers do admit that they can't say with 100% confidence that drinking during pregnancy will not harm your baby, just that the evidence from this study definitely points in that direction.
Still others, mainly women who have had at least one child, find this to be great news. Of all the little things a woman has to give up or watch out for when she is pregnant, being able to have a drink or two after a long week is some much welcomed news.
So, what do you think? Is this great news for pregnant women, or do you think women should still completely abstain from any alcohol consumption? If you were expecting (or currently are), will you allow yourself a drink or two a week?