Consuming a cocktail when you’re expecting may not be so bad for your baby. It’s all about moderation!
Hey HollyMoms, when you were pregnant did you ever crave a cold beer or a bubbly glass of champagne? You probably didn’t indulge, but a new study released in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reveals that a little bit of booze might be just fine if you have a bun in the oven.
Researchers at University College in London studied 11,500 children born in the U.K. between 2000 and 2001. What they learned may change everything you ever heard or read about avoiding alcohol when pregnant. It turns out that children born to women who consumed one or two cocktails a week actually did better on cognitive tests — including naming vocabulary, picture similarities and pattern construction — at age 5, than children whose mothers avoided all alcohol! Apparently a little drinking can do a body good, after all!
But that doesn’t mean that pregnant women should go out and get drunk. The kids of mothers who consumed multiple cocktails a week did significantly worse on the cognitive tests. Too much drinking can also lead to serious birth defects.
Does this change how you feel about drinking while pregnant, HollyMoms? We want to know if you’ll sip that pinot grigio or still avoid alcohol at all costs when you’ve got a baby on board?