New study finds that light drinking during pregnancy may not affect intelligence

Light drinking may not affect an unborn child 

Expectant parents can often stress about the kinds of things they are exposing their unborn child to, and wondering if it could have lasting side effects on areas such as intellectual development.

Some individuals may be concerned about lightly drinking alcohol and how it could possibly harm their unborn child’s cognitive function. However, researchers found that light drinking during pregnancy does not have a negative effect on a young child’s behavioral or intellectual development, according to a new study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The scientists took a sample of 11,513 children who were born in the UK between September 2000 and January 2002. Mothers who participated in the study were interviewed in-person about their drinking patterns while they were pregnant. They were also asked about other factors that could have affected their child’s development when he or she was nine months old.

Final results found that a little more than a quarter of expectant mothers lightly drank during their pregnancy.

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