New Study Reignites Debate Over Pregnancy And Alcohol

Researchers say a drink or two may be OK while expecting.


Eat, drink and be pregnant? That's what new research from Denmark on alcohol and pregnancy is suggesting, Time magazine reports.

The findings of five papers published in the journal BJOG found that "light to moderate drinking early in pregnancy — up to eight drinks in a week — has no effects on intelligence, attention or self-control in children at age 5," according to the Time article. However, the findings did reveal that "drinking more heavily was associated with measurable negative effects," the Time article says.

Alcohol and pregnancy is a hot-button issue in the United States. (Remember the Internet rage when pregnant actress Kate Hudson was spotted with a glass of wine?)

Experts in the U.S. say it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to alcohol and pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes that no amount of alcohol consumption is safe during pregnancy.

However, recent scientific findings are conflicting. Health officials and experts for years have been debating the effects (if any, according to some people) of the occasional drink of alcohol during pregnancy.

Some studies show improved behavior and learning ability among children of mothers who had one to six drinks per week while expecting; other studies show the opposite.

Health experts also advise caution when drinking alcohol as a breastfeeding mom. Check out our experts' take on the factors for nursing moms to consider when having a glass of wine at night (pump and dump, anyone?).