Alcohol consumption can cause serious complications in pregnancy. It can lead to birth defects, low birth weight baby, pre term labor and mental retardation.
Although it is a big no to consume alcohol during pregnancy, there are researches which show that a small amount of wine during pregnancy might be beneficial.
Heavy drinking can cause serious behavioral and emotional problems in a child. A recent study points out that a mother who drinks heavily during her pregnancy will give birth to children who suffer from drop in cognitive ability. The same study showed a surprising result, however. The children whose mothers consumed small amount of wine performed better than those who refrained from it totally.
A glass of wine is okay
Light drinking, defined by consumption of two small drinks on one occasion in a week, showed no side-effects in the child’s emotional or behavioral pattern.
It is always safe to avoid drinking if the mother experiences any complications in the pregnancy. The study also suggests that a mother should completely stop drinking in the first trimester and can start consuming small amounts of wine in the second and the third trimester.
Less amount of alcohol is related to less severe problems in children called fetal alcohol effects. Women who average more than 2 glasses of wine regularly during their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children with minor anomalies, growth deficiency, mental problems, Down’s symptom and abnormal behavior.
Women who wish to consume a small amount can drink without worrying about the harmful consequences. Consumption of red wine is very beneficial for women as it also protects them from breast cancer. If you have a drinking history, it is advisable to refrain from drinking completely.
Before consuming wine it is important that you talk to your doctor and take advice for doing so. Chances are that your doctor may ask you to abstain from it completely. Under such circumstances it is better to listen to your doctor in order to avoid any complication or birth defects. If you notice a change in your own behavior or the small amount gets bigger, you must immediately stop consuming wine.
So as you can see from the above article, drinking small amount of wine weekly in 2nd and 3rd trimester is OK but you have to take care that these small amounts do not turn into an addiction or large amounts taken daily as then it can be harmful for your baby.