A long-term UK study found that children of women, who reported drinking alcohol less than one or two units per week, did not have any behavioral or emotional problems. Otherwise, boys of mothers, who drank too much during pregnancy, were found to have poor behavior.
An Australian study showed that the was no association between light alcohol drinking during pregnancy and birth defects, while heavy drinking indeed is linked to serious developmental problems.
So how can we define what amount of alcohol is acceptable during pregnancy or is it better to avoid it altogether? Light drinking in the studies was determined as less than 7 drinks (10g) per week, while in some researches point to no more than one drink per week.
The problem is that no one can agree on the amount of alcohol that you can drink during pregnancy without the risks. Many women are also concerned that drinking alcohol even before they get to know about their pregnancy can harm the baby. Researchers say that an occasional drink should not damage the baby's development, but a woman should give up drinking alcohol as soon as she suspects that she is pregnant.
And what if you are a party girl, who suddenly finds about the pregnancy and should cut short of alcohol for a full 40 week and probably longer? What about the birthdays, barbecues and other celebrations? The Newly Non-Drinking Girl's Guide to Pregnancy by Jackie Rose and Caroline Angel, RN, PhD, may help you survive your pregnancy without alcohol in a fun way. The book gives helpful information on alcohol and pregnancy, advises how to celebrate without alcohol and includes 50 recipies of mocktails to substitute your usual martini and other drinks.