Study: safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy?

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Study: safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy?

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June 20, 2012 Updated Jun 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM CDT

DENMARK -- Pregnant women may be able to have eight alcoholic beverages a week without harming their developing children, but doctors are quick to say abstaining is still the best practice.

Danish researchers evaluated the drinking habits of over 1,600 pregnant women, then assessed their children's IQs when they were five years old.

They found children whose mothers had one to eight drinks a week did not perform worse on IQ and other brain function tests when compared to children whose mothers didn't drink at all during pregnancy.

However, experts said many other measures of development were not included in this study, and the safest practice remains avoiding alcohol all together.

Doctors explained this study could provide relief to women who drank alcohol before they knew they were pregnant or those who have an occasional glass at a special occasion.

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