Wine during pregnancy ‘helps control your child’
PREGNANT women who have the odd glass of wine are less likely to have children with behavioural problems than those who abstain from alcohol, experts claimed yesterday.
New research suggests that a couple of units a week – equal to a glass of wine – may actually reduce the risk of the unborn child suffering from cognitive problems.
The findings are in stark contrast to advice from the Department of Health, which advises women to avoid alcohol completely during pregnancy. Only if women must drink does it say that one to two units consumed on one or two days of the week are safe.
But researchers at University College London, who studied data on 12,495 three-year-olds, said: “Children born to light drinkers were less likely to have problems compared with children of abstinent mothers, although children of heavy drinkers were more likely.”