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Pregnant Women May Be Able to Drink Moderately, Scientists Say

Pregnant Women May Be Able to Drink Moderately, Scientists Say

Researchers in Denmark suggest that pregnant women can consume up to 8 drinks per week without harming the un-born child. Apparently, the children of women who drank moderately during pregnancy (up to 8 drinks per week) showed similar IQ levels, attention span and executive functions performance than those born from mothers who didn’t drink. Moreover, occasional binge drinking didn’t seem to affect the kids.

The scientists first recorded the weekly drinking habits of 1,600 pregnant women, and then checked their children when five years old. They found that only when the mothers had drank 9 or more alcoholic drinks per week, the kids showed poorer performance than the children from abstemious mothers. A standard drink in Denmark has 12 g of alcohol.

‘High prenatal exposure to alcohol has consistently been associated with adverse effects on neurodevelopment,’ said the lead authors of the studies, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, of Aarhus University, and Erik Lykke Mortensen, of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. ‘Areas such as intelligence, attention and executive functions have been found to be particularly vulnerable. Our findings show that low to moderate drinking is not associated with adverse effects on the children aged five.’

Experts, however, recommend pregnant women to not consume any alcohol. At most, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in the UK, finds ‘acceptable’ to have one or two drinks per week after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Source: BBC

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Hanne-Lise Falgreen Eriksen, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Tina R. Kilburn, Mette Underbjerg, Jacquelyn Bertrand, Henrik Støvring, Theresa Wimberley, Jakob Grove, & Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel (2012). The effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure in early pregnancy on IQ in 5-year-old children BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03394.x

Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Hanne-Lise Falgreen Eriksen, Mette Underbjerg, Tina R. Kilburn, Henrik Støvring, Theresa Wimberley, & Erik Lykke Mortensen (2012). The effect of alcohol binge drinking in early pregnancy on child’s general intelligence BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03395.x

Mette Underbjerg, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Nils Inge Landrø, Leiv S. Bakketeig, Jakob Grove, Theresa Wimberley, Tina R. Kilburn, Claus Sværke, Poul Thorsen, & Erik Lykke Mortensen (2012). The Effects of Low to Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Binge Drinking in Early Pregnancy on Selective and Sustained Attention in Five-Year-Old Children BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03396.x

Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Jacquelyn Bertrand, Henrik Støvring, Bradley Skarpness, Clark H Denny, Erik Lykke Mortensen, & The Lifestyle During Pregnancy Study Group (2012). The effect of different alcohol drinking patterns in early to mid-pregnancy on child’s intelligence, attention and executive function BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03393.x

Åshild Skogerbø, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Theresa Wimberley, Henrik Støvring, Jacquelyn Bertrand, Nils Inge Landrø, & Erik Lykke Mortensen (2012). The Effects of Low to Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Binge Drinking in Early Pregnancy on Executive Function in Five-Year-Old Children BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03397.x

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