Tag: Pregnancy

Drinking in Pregnancy Beneficial to Children if Light?

alcohol and child development

Is drinking in pregnancy beneficial to the children born? Could light drinking actually help children? If so, should pregnant women drink a little? The Research Researchers used a nationally representative sample of infants born in the UK. The infants were part of the U.K. Millennium Cohort Study. That project followed the health of children born …

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Alcohol During Pregnancy: Effects of Drinking May Surprise You

alcohol and child development

Alcohol during pregnancy is a major societal concern. It’s clear that repeatedly heavy alcohol drinking by pregnant women increases the risk of negative effects on the fetus. These include premature birth, small size, and low birth weight. The most serious  such possible effect is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). However, much less is known about the …

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Abortions and Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy: Scare Tactics Can Backfire

Scare Tactics Lead to Abortions The Sun-News in Australia reported on scare tactics used to discourage drinking during pregnancy. Experts warned that such tactics can lead women to have abortions. Scare tactics were abandoned in the Province of Quebec in Canada. That was after medical authorities realized an unintended consequence. Many women had taken a …

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Planned vs Unplanned Pregnancy and Drinking Alcohol: Important Facts

Pregnancy and Drinking Alcohol Is there any difference between planned and unplanned pregnancy and drinking during early pregnancy? Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigated this question. They studied 5,036 women. All were participants in the Right from the Start program. The doctors had the women’s demographic, reproductive, and behavioral data. That included alcohol drinking …

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Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy: What to Believe?

I.  Background Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a subject that elicits very strong emotion. Some pregnant women have actually become frantic upon realizing they had eaten salad with wine vinegar dressing. They feared their children would be born suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Servers have told pregnant women ordering wine with dinner in restaurants …

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Drinking During Pregnancy: What are Its Effects?

Moderate drinking during pregnancy. That’s an important subject. Unfortunately, emotion tends to run high. At the same time, people generally have few facts. I. Research Study To learn more, doctors studied 4,496 women. They followed the women throughout their pregnancies and after the birth of their children. The researchers focused on low to moderate drinking during …

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