No Booze for Pregnant Women
How much alcohol can a pregnant woman consume without risking harm to her baby?
Ideally, none at all.
The study, conducted by Elizabeth Disney of Chase Brexton Health Services in Baltimore and published in the December issue of Pediatrics, found that the adolescent children of mothers who'd had more than a drink a week while expecting were more likely than those whose moms hadn't imbibed to show signs of CD. Those symptoms include aggressive and destructive behavior, lying, and substance abuse.
The research, which included 1,252 Minnesota twins and their parents, focused on separating, through sophisticated data analysis, the apparent effects of maternal alcohol consumption from other related factors such as the mother or father's antisocial behavior and their smoking habits.
The study notes that one in five American women drinks during pregnancy but doesn't say whether that figure includes those who merely sip a bit of champagne at a friend's wedding. I was surprised at the study's characterization of the average number of drinks per week women in the study who drank at all had consumed -- three -- as very low. I suppose I travel in a certain circle, but I don't know any mother who drank anywhere near that much while pregnant.
This is hardly the only what-can-I-consume-while-pregnant matter women need to sort through. Just over a month ago The Checkup reported on research showing caffeine consumption during pregnancy might cause miscarriage. And the controversy over whether pregnant women should eat fish -- weighing fish's strong nutritional value against the possibility of mercury contamination -- continues.
So maybe you pregnant moms could use some information about what you can eat while you're expecting. The American Academy of Physician Assistants has recently issued a revised version of its popular "Healthy Eating During Pregnancy" brochure, which recommends only modest caffeine consumption (up to 300 mg per day) and no alcohol at all when you're pregnant. As for fish, the brochure recommends up to 12 ounces a week as a great source of protein and other nutrients, but suggests sticking with low-mercury varieties such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
It's hard to limit caffeine and cut out that nice glass of wine when you're pregnant. But just think: In just a few months you'll have a bouncing baby boy or girl in hand. Nobody will fault you for drinking a toast to that blessed event.
Posted by: jezebel3 | December 8, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: UCLAgirl | December 8, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: wolfcastle | December 8, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: goterps00 | December 8, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Baltimore11 | December 8, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: ogs123 | December 8, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: kase | December 8, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: lawton1 | December 8, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jhbyer | December 9, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dnfree | December 10, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.