Children whose mothers drank small amounts of alcohol in early to mid-pregnancy, or even binged occasionally, showed no signs of mental problems at age 5, results of a Danish study indicated.
Up to eight drinks a week produced no significant deficit on tests of intelligence, executive function, and attention in the 5-year-olds, a study of 1,628 women and their offspring followed from pregnancy showed.
Mothers-to-be who said they had indulged in binge drinking — five or more drinks on a single occasion — also gave birth to children who appeared normal at age 5, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, PhD, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and colleagues reported in BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The ‘no alcohol while pregnant’ thing annoys me, not because I think pregnant women should be drinking heaps but because, as I’ve noted before, it is such a classic example of how we infantalise and control pregnant women.
Accurate information for women instead of heavy-handed public health and shaming messages, please.
(The study is discussed here at Medpage Today).