Many pregnant women who heard the news last week that moderate amounts of alcohol won’t harm their fetus may be wondering whether they can safely sip a glass of champagne or have a Coors Light.
The new study published in the British Medical Journal — which examined the cognitive function of more than 1,600 5-year-olds who were born to Danish mothers who reported drinking during their pregnancy — adds to others suggesting that having a daily beer or glass of wine when pregnant has no detrimental impact on the developing fetus, but it still doesn’t push the evidence tipping point in favor of imbibing, say experts.
“We tend to have a nuanced conversation with women about caffeine during pregnancy — about the risk of miscarriage if they consume more than a certain amount,” said Dr. Allison Bryant, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “At this point, we can’t have that conversation with alcohol. We just tell women they should clearly avoid it altogether.”
alisa7 wrote: I drank a glass of wine here and there, nothing happened!
mcintire78 wrote: So, the reasoning goes: How much is too much? We don’t know? Answer: Don’t drink anything!