New research reveals damaging effects of wine during pregnancy
Women who drink one large glass of wine a day could affect their child’s development for up to nine years – raising concerns for mums who are frequently being given conflicting advice.
The research from Harvard Medical School found that mums who drank a large glass of wine every day, had babies who weighed less than babies with mums who didn’t drink, or consumed less than one unit of alcohol a day.
The babies also had a smaller head circumference and were shorter than their counterparts at birth. Scientists defined a large glass of wine as measuring 250mls, about one third of a bottle and containing three units of alcohol.
At five years old, the children born to mothers who drank more were six times more likely to be anaemic and this was not linked to a poor diet. A child’s IQ could also be affected, as the research shows kids of drinkers were slower to develop – potentially affected their IQ into adulthood.
It seems like there are new guidelines on drinking during pregnancy released every day which is confusing for mums. What advice were you given when you were pregnant? Or did you stop drinking completely?