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Study: Pregnant Women Who Drink May Be Healthier

Study: drinking during pregnancy may be okay
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It seems like every other month a new study emerges that either gives drinking while pregnant a possible thumbs up or major thumbs down. Will we ever really know for sure? It seems like researchers in Denmark are making it their mission that we do. And while there's still a ton that they don't know, some of their recent findings are pretty fascinating.

According to LiveScience, the new study has been looking at medical and lifestyle data of more than 63,000 pregnant women, and found that women who admitted to drinking lightly during their pregnancy actually wound up being healthier than moms who abstained.

Surprised? So were we at first. But it seems those who sipped on a beverage every now and then tended to have better health behaviors overall. They were more likely to exercise frequently, have normal BMIs, watch TV less, eat fish more and lay off the soda. Pretty interesting, when you consider the fact that drinking is usually associated with unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

According to Janni Niclasen, a psychology researcher at the University of Copenhagen, women who had an occasional drink during pregnancy probably thought their babies would be just fine since they otherwise were doing "everything right" while pregnant.

This isn't the first study of late to speculate that light drinking during pregnancy may not be such a bad thing after all. An international research team from Ireland, England, New Zealand and Australia recently studied data from 5,628 women who were pregnant for the first time between 2004 and 2011. Results showed that drinking in small amounts during that first trimester didn't seem to raise any sort of risks of things like premature delivery, low birth weight or high blood pressure in mom.

So while docs are definitely in agreement that regular or heavy drinking during pregnancy is a major no-no, the case for the occasional glass of wine here or there certainly seems to be growing.

Would you ever have a drink or two while pregnant?

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