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Very moderate drinking is fine for pregnant women: study – New York Daily News

Pregnant women who drink small amounts of alcohol aren’t likely doing any harm to their child, a new British study finds.

While the link between heavy alcohol consumption and health and developmental problems in children is well established, researchers say the picture is different for light drinking.

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Researchers from University College focused on what happened to children at the age of seven whose mothers had drunk no more than two units of alcohol each week during pregnancy. The researchers used information on 10,534 seven-year-olds from The Millennium Cohort Study.

Interestingly, children born to light drinkers were slightly less likely to have behavioral difficulties compared with those born to mothers who did not drink during pregnancy. Also, children born to light drinkers scored slightly higher on cognitive tests than those born to nondrinkers.

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“There appears to be no increased risk of negative impacts of light drinking in pregnancy on behavioral or cognitive development in seven-year-old children,” said co-author Yvonne Kelly. “We need to understand more about how children’s environments influence their behavioral and intellectual development. While we have followed these children for the first seven years of their lives, further research is needed to detect whether any adverse effects of low levels of alcohol consumption in pregnancy emerge later in childhood,” Kelly added.

Findings were published online April 17 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that women not drink at all in the first three months of pregnancy due to increased risk of miscarriage.

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