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Some Alcohol OK in Pregnancy

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:55 PM

Limited alcohol consumption during pregnancy does not harm the child's development or intelligence, new research suggests.
Health scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark found children born to mothers who consume between one and six drinks per week are just as intelligent and well-developed as those of abstaining moms. What’s more, women who have had as many as five drinks on a single occasion before realizing that they were pregnant were no more likely than teetotalers to have children with physical or mental health problems.
The findings, published in the international journal of obstetrics and gynecology BJOG, were based on a comprehensive analysis of studies involving more than 1,600 Danish children whose mothers' alcohol habits were tracked during pregnancy.
Lead researcher Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel said the studies showed there was no increased danger associated with alcohol in children, through age 5.
"[Health experts recommend] pregnant women to abstain completely from alcohol consumption,” he noted, “but we know from other studies that about half of the pregnant women do not entirely stay away from alcohol during pregnancy. Many of these mothers report binge episodes during the period before they even knew that they were pregnant. Now we have scientific evidence which may set their minds at ease."

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