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I’m always nervous that the choices I make will somehow set my kids up for therapy in later life or will come back to bite them in some even more regrettable way. Usually my worries are unfounded; for instance, I sometimes worry that worrying too much around my children will set them up for some kind of anxiety disorder. (Is that too much worrying?) We moms often feel accountable for the negative consequences of our current actions; forgetting to reapply sun block, exposing our children to too much sanitizer, or letting them drink from plastic cups with the number 3, 6, or 7 on the bottom.
Well moms, here’s one more thing you can feel guilty about: You could inadvertently set up your unborn son for infertility in later life. A new study out of Denmark suggests that mothers who consumed 4.5 or more drinks per week while pregnant had sons with a 32% lower sperm count than those who were exposed to little or no alcohol while in the womb. (The study tested these boys at approximately age 20.) But I think it's safe to say that most OBs will recommend you don't drink that much during pregnancy, so I'm sure most of us haven't ruined our sons' spawning ability.
Interestingly, the study also found that the sons with the highest sperm count were those whose mothers consumed 1 to 1.5 drinks per week. I wonder, is this science’s way of telling us a glass of wine a week is a-ok and maybe even beneficial? Perhaps. I’m not saying that this finding should coax moms into drinking -- it seems like there's still uncertainty about how much alcohol is actually safe to consume. But if you’re in the mood for a sip, this may help ease any guilt -- which as a guilt-ridden mom, I can assure you is no easy feat.