Do pregnant women who drink alcohol have smarter and healthier kids?

First off, nobody disputes that moderate, heavy and binge drinking during pregnancy can have serious negative consequences on a fetus.

That said…

Via Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy:

Some studies, usually European in origin, lift the spirits. There’s no apparent reason to avoid light drinking, according to one at the University of London of nearly 12,500 mothers and their three-year-old children. Reading the results, I contemplate swapping my wheatgrass for a tequila shot. It turned out that children whose mothers had one or two alcoholic drinks.. per week or per occasion during pregnancy had fewer behavioral and cognitive problems by age three than the tots of teetotalers. Specifically, the sons of light drinkers were less hyperactive and had higher test scores. The daughters had fewer emotional and peer problems…

…we’re hard pressed to find any evidence that light drinking (a weekly or occasional drink) during pregnancy, especially after the first trimester, has any profound effects on a developing fetus.

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