Low alcohol consumption during pregnancy does not harm children
dangerous to drink alcohol during pregnancy?For many years, the topic remains one of the most important and frequently discussed.Some studies suggest that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause physical and mental birth defects.But a new study, whose results were published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, shows that drinking small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy does not cause negative behavioral or cognitive effects in children.This was reported in the Revue «Science World» («World of Science").
This - the first study to study the effect of low alcohol consumption during pregnancy on children - both immediately after birth and afterwards.It was attended by 10,534 child born in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2002.According to the report «Science World», researchers discovered that 7-year-olds are no adverse effects minor consump
Researchers from the University College (London) collected data on the basis of home visits, interviews and questionnaires.Parents and teachers are encouraged to describe the social and emotional behavior of children.As noted in the report «Science World», the researchers also tested the cognitive functions of children, their mathematical abilities, reading and spatial skills.
Mothers were divided into four groups:
- never tried alcohol.
- not drank during pregnancy.
- drink a small amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
- drank more during pregnancy.
found that children born to mothers who drink during pregnancy had fewer behavioral problems compared with those children whose mothers during pregnancy did not drink at all.
Professor Yvonne Kelly, co-author of the study and co-director of the International Research Center «Life Course» («The life", London), said in a press release: "It was found that low alcohol consumption of expectant mothers do not have a negative impact on cognitive and behavioral responsesdevelopment of children in the age of 7 years.Now our task - to determine how alcohol consumption by pregnant women affects the intellectual development of their children. "