Thanks to my sister, I was made aware of this important event today by email while attending a conference. And it is timely since my sister and I were discussing just this very subject this weekend. This continues to be a VERY controversial topic. There are the Moms who say, "I would never". There are the Moms that say, "one or two glasses a week later in the pregnancy aren't going to hurt". And then there are my favorite Moms, the smug or passive aggressive ones who say, "I guess it's ok, but I would NEVER do that".
I know my Grandmother drank Scotch and smoked cigarettes with my Mother and from the looks of it, she's doing fine. I doubt it was a lot of Scotch though. In all seriousness, I don't mean to make light of the issue, but here we are again judging each other. None of us know what someone else's life is like, so stop viewing it from the lense of your own life!
My doctor told me towards the middle to end of my pregnancy that one to two glasses a wine a week with a meal was absolutely fine. I appreciated it, and I did have those glasses of wine with food. Drinking later in pregnancy, I believe, is very different that drinking earlier like in the first trimester when everything in your child is forming. And drinking is a subjective term. And it surely isn't one the medical field is going to come out and clearly define. Can you imagine the American Medical Association or the American College of Obstetrics coming out and stating that drinking 2-4 glasses of wine, 2-4 beers or 2 shots per week of alcohol is fine during pregnancy? Heroin, Crack, Cocaine, Xanax and Oxycontin recommendations soon to come. Not in our lifetime.
There was one study that recently came out in October of 2010. See it below. Let me know your thoughts on this one....
The researchers previously published their results after assessments on the then-3-year-old children, showing no disadvantage for those whose mothers drank lightly during pregnancy. The new study addressed concerns that the effects of prenatal alcohol consumption would show up later in a child's life.
"The findings of this paper and our previous work suggest that, up to the age of 5 years, there is no increased risk of poor socioemotional or cognitive developmental outcomes in children born to mothers who drank not more than 1 or 2 units of alcohol per week during pregnancy," said the authors, who were led by Yvonne Kelly of the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London.
Children born to light drinkers were actually found to perform better on cognitive tests than mothers who abstained entirely, but those differences were erased when socioeconomic status was taken into account.
Many women follow the advice that some recommend — without knowing a safe dose, women should avoid alcohol altogether while pregnant.
However, in 1991, Drs. Joel Alpert and Barry Zuckerman of the Boston University School of Medicine wrote an analysis of studies for the journal Pediatrics in Review that stated, "Our conclusion is that there is no measurable or documented risk from this level [two or fewer drinks per day] of drinking during pregnancy. Therefore, by urging well nourished pregnant women to abstain from alcoholic
The study results were published today (Oct. 5) in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, from the British