Pregnant women may have limited alcohol without harming their baby, study reveals

Pregnant women may have limited alcohol without harming their baby, study reveals

Pregnant women may have limited alcohol without harming their baby, study reveals

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Posted on June 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

(WHAS11) - A new study shows that pregnant women may be able to have up to eight alcoholic beverages a week without harming their developing child.

Doctors say this study could provide relief to women who drank alcohol before they knew they were pregnant or to those who have a rare glass of wine at a special occasion.

Despite this new information, doctors also say abstaining is still the best practice.

"We know for a fact there is no benefit to the fetus if the mother consumes alcohol and there's a risk....We do know that alcohol is a toxin. My obstetrician answer is don't consume any alcohol at all for the 40 weeks you are pregnant," says Dr. Jennifer Ashton, OB-GYN.

The study looked at more than 1,600 pregnant women who drank one to eight drinks a week. Five years later, their children did not perform any differently on organizational and IQ tests than children whose mothers did not drink.

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