For years, most of us have agreed that pregnant women should try to abstain from alcohol. Now it seems that women who drink (lightly) while pregnant are less likely to have children with behavioral and cognitive problems.
Researchers at the University College of London looked at thousands of pregnancies and found that while a mother’s heavy drinking put babies at serious risk for brain defects and behavioral problems, the children who performed best on a battery of cognitive tests came from mothers who had one to two drinks per week. The scientists aren’t ready to prescribe alcohol along with prenatal vitamins — the statistical benefit was rather modest — but they do argue that the occasional drink won’t do a baby a bit of harm.
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