A New Study Says That Some Alcohol During Pregnancy May Be Safe - But Do You Really Want To Risk It?
You may have recently seen a story about how alcohol is actually safe during pregnancy making the rounds. The news...
You may have recently seen a story about how alcohol is actually safe during pregnancy making the rounds. The news comes from a new study from researchers at University College London, in London, and notes that minimal drinking, as in one to two drinks a week during pregnancy, may not actually harm a developing fetus. Well... here's what I think.
- One, this study relied on the mother's word. The researchers interviewed mamas, took their word about how much they were drinking, and then came up with their conclusions. I think we can all agree that word of mouth science is not so scientific.
- Secondly, Dr. Ron Jaekle, a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at University of Cincinnati Health points out a major problem with this study, "Our population is much more heterogeneous and we have certain populations, for example American Indians, who have an enzyme deficiency that causes them to be much more strongly affected by alcohol, so even light drinking may be harmful."
- Thirdly, no matter what you hear, this new study hasn't changed the minds of any major health organizations. The March of Dimes, for example, still recommends no alcohol during pregnancy.