Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:08 AM MDT
Light Drinking While Pregnant Not Harmful To Baby?
(CBS) New research suggests that light drinking during pregnancy may not be harmful to the child later on in life.
First time mom, Sara Little, made sure to eat a balanced diet while she was pregnant with baby Aryn. The 31-year-old would also have an occasional drink.
"I had a glass of wine, once every month, once every six weeks, just to enjoy with friends or relax," Sara said.
A new study suggests a little alcohol isn't harmful to a child's development. Researchers in England compared 10,000 seven year olds--a quarter had mothers who drank lightly while pregnant. The other mothers didn't drink.
Yvonne Kelly, with ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies (ICLS) at University College in London, and co-author of the study, said, "We looked at children's social and emotional and intellectual development. We found no differences in terms of harmful effects."
Heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy has long been linked to health and developmental problems in children. Researchers have only recently begun looking at the impact of light drinking, which is defined as one to two drinks a week.
The study says pregnant women can drink a small glass of regular wine every week or a half a pint of beer.
The study's authors say more research needs to be done to see if any developmental problems emerge later in childhood. Some women say no drink is worth it.
Sara Little says everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
The study found the children born to mothers who were light drinkers during pregnancy actually did slightly better on behavioral and cognitive tests, but researchers say the difference wasn't statistically significant.