Drinking During Pregnancy
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|Wed, 01-08-2014 - 8:07am|
To drink or not to drink — that is the question for many pregnant women.
A new study adds fuel to the debate, finding that expectant mothers who drink moderately have children with better mental health than children of mothers who abstain. But even the author of the paper says her findings don’t mean moms-to-be should start imbibing.
“I really think we should recommend abstaining [from drinking] during pregnancy,” says study co-author Janni Niclasen, a post-doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen. “I really believe that even a glass of wine now and again is really damaging.”
In the U.S., doctors caution that any amount of alcohol could endanger the baby, while in many other countries moderate drinking during pregnancy is considered OK. Many moms remain passionately divided on the issue.
Where do you stand on the issue? Are you comfortable having a drink from time to time during your pregnancy?