Moderate drinking while pregnant could be okay for child’s development

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – For most pregnant women, enjoying a drink at the local bar is not an option.

However, a new study shows that it may actually be an option when alcohol is consumed in moderation.

A study released by the British Medical Journal found that when moms consumed a moderate amount of alcohol, it had no adverse effect on her child’s balance years later, which is a marker for brain development.

The distinction then must be made — what is a moderate amount?

Three to seven glasses of alcohol a week is what the study deemed as moderate alcohol consumption.

While the study was released in Britain, it likely won’t become a recommendation in the United States.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says studies have consistently shown even a little bit of alcohol is risky.

They advise mothers not to take the risk.

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