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Study: Light Drinking While Pregnant May Be OK

Study says drinking while pregnant may be okay after all.
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Could the occasional glass of vino while pregnant not be such a bad thing after all? Seems like it, according to a recent British study on the matter.

For more than a decade, a study at the University of Bristol followed 6,915 British mothers, only to find that those with low to moderate drinking habits had no negative impact on their children's neurodevelopment.

According to the Wine Spectator, which reported on the study, "the women drank an average of three to seven servings of alcoholic beverages per week. Their children, now averaging 10 years in age, performed well on a variety of balancing acts, such as walking on a beam or standing on one leg."

There have of course been other reports over the years that suggested light drinking could be totally harmless. Still, the CDC's official stance on the issue urges moms to stay away from any and all booze. The federal website warns, "There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink and no safe kind of alcohol. CDC urges pregnant women not to drink alcohol any time during pregnancy."

Hmmm ... guess the jury's still technically out on this one. What do you think—would you feel comfortable drinking regularly during pregnancy, based on what's known so far?

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