New study: Alcohol during pregnancy ok?

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?

5 Comments on New study: Alcohol during pregnancy ok?

  1. Danica Staudt
    October 7, 2010 at 4:10 PM (7 years ago)

    I think there’s a lot that’s not said in the article. If you read to the bottom they do say that many of the ‘light drinkers’ had other socio-economic factors that are strongly correlated with increased health of the child.

    Personally, I didn’t drink when I was pregnant. It was one thing I could control concerning the child in my belly. And I figured, why risk it?
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    • Stacey
      October 7, 2010 at 5:43 PM (7 years ago)

      That was one of my big problems with the way the media was putting the study out there – odds are that the light drinkers were educated enough to do the research to keep on the safe side, and thus were likely better off anyways, but that’s not what people will hear in the sound bite, you know?

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  2. Beth
    October 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM (7 years ago)

    Not a mom, not planning on being a mom, but I think – after reading about that study – that if I were to become pregnant, I would feel comfortable having some wine every once in a while. I don’t know if the proof of the alcohol factors either. I know women who easily pound back straight liquor while I could not… so maybe a half a glass of red wine with proven health benefits (in adults) would be something that if you were accustomed to enjoying (with Friday dinner for example) you ought to continue having.
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  3. Sam
    October 7, 2010 at 9:04 PM (7 years ago)

    I wouldn’t give a drink to my newborn or my toddler, so I wouldn’t give one to my unborn child either. This is ONE study, compared to countless studies that show the opposing viewpoint. JMO
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