Yesterday the CBC posted a summary of a British study that stated “The children of mothers who drank small amounts of alcohol during their pregnancy are not at an increased risk for behavioural or intellectual developmental problems.”
It went on to make the following, possibly dangerous – in my eyes at least, claims that “children born to light drinkers were 30 per cent less likely to have behavioural problems than children whose mothers did not drink during pregnancy. As well, the study found that children of parents who were light drinkers achieved higher cognitive scores than those whose mothers had abstained from alcohol while pregnant.”
The definition for the study of a “light” drinker was 1-2 drinks a week, while a “heavy” drinker was 7+ a week or 6+ at one sitting (seriously, I would die if I drank that much even if I wasn’t pregnant).
As a pregnant woman, I am so conflicted about this study. On the one hand, I truly believe that if I was to drink one small glassof wine on a special occasion it would not cause any damage to my growing baby, and it would be nice to not recieve the stink-eye and guilt-trips from people. On the other hand, I’ve always been a lightweight when it comes to alcohol and knowing that means that I would not be comfortable consuming alcohol while pregnant, especially not on a regular basis, because I feel – with no medical background to back this up – that it would affect my baby more because it affects me so quickly.
I’m also really bothered by the statement that light drinkers have children who have less behavioural problems than those who abstained. So now I’m a bad mom because I didn’thave a glass of wine and my child will be more likely to be difficult? But if I do have a glass of wine, my child could end up on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum and be permanently damaged? Like there isn’t enough Mommy-guilt out there without adding this!
Ironic, isn’t it, that the time of your life you most need a drink, you can’t have one. Or maybe you should have one. What do you think?