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(BBC)   Light drinking during pregnancy doesn't harm the baby. Great, I'll have some Coors Light, Miller Light, and Bud Light   ( divider line
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2013-04-22 12:17:55 PM  
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Skanque: Absolutely not true.  We study a model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and we have shown that even light drinking during pregnancy can permanently alter neurotransmitter receptor subunit composition, leading to subtle problems in learning and memory processes.

Don't drink during pregnancy.  At all.

Horrible, fear-mongering advice.  There are women frightened into getting abortions because they had a beer or two before they knew they were pregnant.  You must specify what you mean by "light drinking," it likely does not mean what some people think it means.
2013-04-22 06:15:11 AM  
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I thought everyone knew it was okay but women were advised against it because a lot of women didn't know what "light" meant and still drank too much.
2013-04-22 07:29:23 AM  
1 vote:
No obvious tag?

We really molly coddle mothers way too much for a species with the overpopulation problem we have.
2013-04-22 07:08:23 AM  
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cherryl taggart: nigeman: The timing of the drinking is very critical. The first few says and weeks mean more than the rest of the pregnancy.

I doubt this study does much to disprove previous studies

Unfortunately, unless you are trying to get pregnant, the critical time you mention has usually passed by before you stop drinking.  Please give your baby the best chance you can.  You can have many years to drink later, especially if your kid is healthy.  If your kid never flies the nest because of neurological deficits, you don't.  And trust me, you want your years of pleasant imbibing during the kid's puberty.

The blood supply for the mother and baby don't connect until after the first missed period, I think 2 weeks later.  Thus, drinking or taking birth control in the days after conception doesn't harm the baby.  However, the next several weeks are critically important for brain and body development and alcohol should be avoided.  In the 2nd and 3rd trimesters light drinking is OK.  I agree that many women have no clue what light drinking consists of, thus they should avoid alcohol completely.

/had this panicked discussion with the OB/GYN not too long ago.
2013-04-22 06:55:50 AM  
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darkjezter: I predict this thread becoming a beer snob circle-jerk very quickly.

Let me know when Coors, Miller, or Budweiser is considered "beer".
2013-04-22 06:14:56 AM  
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I thought the consensus was that moderation is fine, but most people are incapable of moderation, so best not to try any at all, m'kay?.
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