Originally Posted by ledzepplon
I had small amounts (sips here and there, always less than a glass) of beer and wine during pregnancy. I don't think it's a big deal in that quantity/frequency. FAS is usually found among children of mothers who are heavy, habitual drinkers.
Here's an interesting link: http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/FAS/FAS.html
That was an interesting read. It looks like there HAVE been studies showing that moderate drinking, even daily, does not cause FAS. These stats were especially interesting:
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recently conducted a large study including 400,000 American women, all of whom had consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Not a single case of fetal alcohol syndrome occurred and no adverse effects on children were found when consumption was under 8.5 drinks per week. 3
A recent review of research studies found that fetal alcohol syndrome only occurs among alcoholics. The evidence is clear that there is no apparent risk to a child when the pregnant woman consumes no more than one drink per day. 4
A study of moderate drinking during pregnancy found no negative effects. The researchers suggested that one drink per day provides a significant margin of safety, although they did not encourage drinking during pregnancy. 5
A study of pregnancies in eight European countries found that consuming no more than one drink per day did not appear to have any effect on fetal growth. A follow-up of children at 18 months of age found that those from women who drank during pregnancy, even two drinks per day, scored higher in several areas of development. 6
A recent analysis of seven major medical research studies involving over 130,000 pregnancies suggests that consuming two to 14 drinks per week does not increase the risk of giving birth to a child with either malformations or fetal alcohol syndrome
It was also interesting to me how the article referred to mass hysteria over things like lunchmeats, salad, etc. I'm sure there are articles on the other side of the issue but it's good to know we can all do the research and make our own decisions about which risks are worth taking during pregnancy.