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New Study Discovers You Pregnant Women Are Terrible Moms For Not Drinking Wine While Pregnant

Pregnancy One Glass Of Wine A Week is FineAnd by drink wine, I don’t mean you can chug down an entire bottle but you can have a small glass which is what I am always telling you all. Because I am such a know-it-all and I love telling you pregnant women what to do I love it when science backs me up and I can gloat about how utterly brilliant I am and how all of the advice I give you all is totally excellent. A new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has claimed that during pregnancy one glass of wine a week is fine and not harmful, and may actually have benefits to your unborn child. From The Huffington Post UK:

Children born to women who drink one small glass of wine a week while pregnant are not likely to suffer any cognitive or behavioural problems, research suggests.

Light drinking during pregnancy “is not linked to adverse behavioural or cognitive outcomes in childhood”, the new study found.

The findings suggested that children born to light drinkers – those who drank two units or less a week – had lower behavioural difficulty scores than children born to mothers who abstained from drinking during pregnancy. Similarly they were found to have higher cognitive test scores for reading, maths and spatial skills tests.

So basically this new study is saying that not only are you not a bad mom for having the occasional glass of wine while pregnant, but that you are a pretty much a bad mom for NOT having an occasional small glass of wine while pregnant. Scientifically, this all makes sense to me because I have conducted my own brand of research over the years and I have discovered that:

Wine tastes delicious.

Wine helps relax you.

Wine has many health benefits, like it makes vegetables taste better when you have wine with them.

And

Wine tastes delicious.

So go ahead and indulge in a small glass on occasion so you don’t end up with a dumb baby who can’t do math or pass those spatial skills tests they always make babies take while they are sitting around drooling.

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  • msenesac

    I must be a great mom, then, because I believe that you can consume pretty much anything while pregnant within moderation.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Except cocaine, that is still frowned upon!

    • msenesac

      No issue there. But with my last pregnancy I craved (and was judged for eating) lunch meat. And definitely had the occasional glass of wine.

    • http://twitter.com/carinnjade Carinn Jade

      oh the lunch meat! I was strict about it with my first, but with my second I was like “really? this is a thing?” It’s crazy.

    • msenesac

      My mom is a health inspector and said that that rule was stupid because you can get listeria from ANYTHING in the fridge. I had a super judgey pregnant coworker who was HORRIFIED that I was eating Jimmy Johns… then the listeria/cantalope outbreak happened.. and it happened to be a fruit that she ate a lot of. I thought it was humorous.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Can I be horrified you ate Jimmy Johns because the jerkass owner is a big game hunter and killed cute animals, like elephants?

    • msenesac

      Well in that case, there is virtually nothing you could wear/eat/etc because of the shitty things that vp’s of corporations believe in/do/etc

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      True! Thanks for ruining everything jerkass VP’s!

    • yeah sure

      Hes Actually a nice person who enjoys hunting. If he was your friend, Im sure you wouldnt make such snarky comments :)

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      zomg, do you guys realize, and this helped me through all my pregnancies, that in certain parts of the world pregnant women don’t have clean water? Like they have parasites and MONSTERS in their water and they have babies who are perfectly healthy. and we worry about nitrates.

    • anon

      It’s not nitrates in lunch meat — it’s listeria (bacteria that are harmless for people with healthy immune systems). People with HIV and geriatrics are also supposed to avoid it, or heat it until steaming.

    • Litterboxjen

      I ate lunch meat, drank a bit in the later trimesters, had brie cheese, changed the cat’s litterbox, drank my coffee and a pop every day… my kid’s awesome.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      HAHAHA AWESOME

    • LiteBrite

      I totally drank coffee, ate lunchmeat, and devoured cheese. I did not, however, touch the cat box, not because I was afraid of contracting anything but because I just didn’t want to do it.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I totally used my pregnancy as an excuse to get out of cat box duty. Hell, I still use the whole “I had your baby” argument to guilt my dude into doing it, lol. Just kidding (sort of).

    • LiteBrite

      I did too. Unfortunately it ended the day I came home with baby. DH handed me the litter scoop and said, “Back to business as usual darling.”

    • michelle pittman

      ahahahahahhahaah!!! that was so me!!!!!

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      It’s all good, he uses the whole “I dispose of spiders” argument to get out of taking to trash out. We’re a strange couple.

    • Jen

      And Meth! Can’t forget Meth. Can’t rot the bebe’s teeth before they come in.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      But, but all the meth helped my baby learn to read when he was three! I’m convinced of it!

      (Disclaimer: I don’t have a baby and I’ve never tried meth.)

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      YET

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Wait… are whippits okay?

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Why not? YOLO!

    • Justme

      But the upside is….no teething.

  • http://twitter.com/bethany_ramos Bethany Ramos

    LOVE!!!! I always drank 2 glasses a week with baby#1 (healthy) and am doing the same with #2. Why torture yourself any more than you have to while preggo?

  • Dani Vello

    “Wine has many health benefits, like it makes vegetables taste better when you have wine with them.” hahaha!

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      It’s science!

  • lin

    I didn’t drink at all with my first – but had a glass here and there with the second. After reading a lot of articles from the UK and other countries. The zero alcohol thing is very North American! Too scared to do so in public though – people need to chill.

    • lea

      Zero alcohol is the recommendation here in Australia too.

    • the_ether

      Yeah, but the reality is more ‘eh, a couple sips at dinner won’t hurt anyone.’

      *edit* I meant, most docs will tell you the above, rather than ‘If you drink anything during pregnancy your baby will be ruined and also you’re going to hell.’

  • http://twitter.com/tealandtulle Erin Borger

    Great article! I’m pregnant with my first and have eaten goat cheese, changed the cat’s litter box, and have eaten lunch meat. GASP! I’m looking forward to the occasional glass of wine as I move farther along in my pregnancy. Moderation in most things is key.

  • Zoe

    Eh, I’m not so sure about all these studies. I think the occasional bit of wine during pregnancy is perfectly fine. Same with soft cheese and sushi and deli meat – a billion healthy babies born in countries where these foods comprise a high proportion of a maternal diet can’t be wrong. You can do everything absolutely perfectly and still be blessed with a normal, non-superhuman kid. Or you can do what my cousin did – drinking, smoking, no exercise, poor diet, weed – and wind up with a kid who is so advanced she’s skipped 2 grades at age 10 and still manages to have tons of friends.

    BUT the whole “in fact, if you DO do this, your kid will be BETTER!” thing always sounds off to me. It’s confusing correlation with causation again. Perhaps the kind of people who indulge in the occasional glass of wine are the kind of people who spend a little more time encouraging cognitive development in their kids. Perhaps they are the ones who take discipline more seriously. Perhaps they have a wider adult social circle and the kids are more socialised and better behaved. Perhaps they are just calmer, so their kids are less anxious. All sweeping generalisations of course, but I’m sure there are other factors at play than just the alcohol itself.

    Sure, perhaps alcohol does have benefits, and I love the great tongue-in-cheek humour of your article!! But I still doubt it’s a miracle super-baby formula. Maybe the kid would have been smart no matter what the hell you did and all mums should just effing relax and stop trying so hard. And have a glass of wine.

  • lea

    Peoples, equating the discussion about the consumption of alcohol with the consumption of high risk foods is not a fair nor valid comparison.

    It is not the same thing.

    The risks with food etc is not the food, it is the potential contamination. The risk with alcohol IS the alcohol.

    At present, there is no universally accepted “safe” level. This new research certainly helps to figure out what is safe and where harm begins, but the jury is still out.

    The cheese itself is safe. The lunch meat itself is safe. The cat poop itself is safe. With all of these things, the “thing” itself is safe, it is just a matter of whether the contamination is present or not.

    Moderation has nothing to do with it. You could eat soft cheese in moderation for your whole pregnancy, heck you could eat a wheel a day and be fine- provided none of it was contaminated. Or you could have one tiny piece, which had listeria in it, get an infection and then risk losing your baby.

    If you wanted to use that as a comparison, you would have to compare the actual risk factor (e.g. listeria, toxoplasmosis, etc) with alcohol.

    • SDA

      That is the one thing that always bugged me when discussing foods not to eat while pregnant. I followed the food recommendations (as given by my doctor) to a Tee. I also have anxiety issues and am a bit of a hypochondriac, so I abstained simply for the peace of mind. Others I knew did not, but always followed it up with, but I only eat deli sandwiches in moderation. I never said anything because I didn’t want to seem judgmental (I could careless if a pregnant woman eats a turkey sandwich or not), but moderation doesn’t help you if you get a hold of a bad sub. I don’t think people get the difference sometimes. I did however have an occasional glass of wine. Never had food poisoning from a glass of wine!

  • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

    Brace yourself for the self-righteous comments from people with no sense of humor.

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