Danica Lo, Glamour magazine
Contrary to conventional beliefs about alcohol intake during pregnancy, a new study suggests that alcohol, in moderation, may not be that big of a deal to a developing baby. But, will the findings be misinterpreted by some?
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We've gotten pretty used to thinking that zero alcohol in pregnancy is the only healthy way to go. Not so fast, say Danish researchers. In their study of more than 1,600 pregnancies, they found that light to moderate drinking (as many as 8 drinks per week) had no effect on attention, self-control, intelligence or general health of babies in their first five years.
Experts in the US are quick to point out that the standard glass of wine in Denmark is about two ounces smaller than in the US, and others say that larger-scale studies need to be conducted before these findings alter pregnant women's notions about drinking.
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As TIME points out, the bottom line here is that an occasional drink during pregnancy isn't worth feeling guilty about, but women should remember that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders remain the largest cause of cognitive disabilities in children, which is why all alcohol consumption during pregnancy should be taken seriously.
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What do you think? Does this study change your idea about what's healthy during pregnancy and what's not?
P.S. Is this calorie-counting wine glass a good idea? And, you decide: are these athletic shoes ... racist?