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Study: Moderate drinking for pregnant woman is OK

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 7:17am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 5:49pm

A recent study found moderate drinking while pregnant is OK and will not harm the baby.

For most pregnant ladies, enjoying a drink at a local bar is not an option.

"I personally think that it will affect the baby, the alcohol will affect the baby," said expecting mother Claudia Rodriguez.

Or is it?

A British study finds when expecting mothers drank a moderate amount of alcohol; it had no adverse effect on a child's brain development. A moderate amount is three to seven glasses of alcohol a week.

However, Rodriguez, who's expecting twins in August, said she will not take that chance.

"No I'm just going to stay away from it. I mean it's something that I don't mind. I don't need to have alcohol so of course I'm going to stay out of the alcohol," said Rodriguez.

Dr. Julio Novoa with First Choice OB/GYN Associates told his patients drinking is OK at a limit.

"My recommendation was if you want to have a social drink, that's fine but weekend binging and acting like you're not pregnant was never an acceptable guideline," said Novoa.

He said there's a big difference between a pregnant woman who wants to have a glass of wine and an alcoholic who drinks seven to eight drinks a day. That's when it really affects the child.

"They're born a smaller weight. They are smaller in size but also with their cognitive thoughts or their brain functions. You can see there's something called fetal alcohol syndrome where these babies do look deformed if the mother is an alcoholic," said Novoa.

Don't expect that same recommendation in the United States.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said studies have consistently shown even a little bit of alcohol is risky.

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