Could Alcohol Be Good For Your Unborn Baby?
Controversial new study says yes.
We're hearing songs of rejoice on Twitter from women who are thinking about getting pregnant -- here's why: a new study suggests that moms who consume alcohol while they're pregnant have better-behaved kids...cheers!
Proceed with caution, mama-loves. The study, conducted by the Western Australia Pregnancy cohort, suggests that light to moderate consumption of alcohol during pregnancy could benefit children's development. The study assessed 3,000 child participants over 14 years and concluded that, according to our friends at Babble, parents who drank while pregnant "had kids who are better behaved, less stressed and better adjusted than those who drank nothing at all." Those children also scored higher in psychological function and "were less likely to internalize, a symptom of depression, or act out aggressively."
The study looked at alcohol consumption in the first trimester, which is normally the period in which women are told to abstain completely from libations. It also emphasized the importance of very controlled drinking -- light to moderate at most -- and did not outwardly condone alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Another important point: this study doesn't suggest that alcohol consumption actually causes adaptability in children. It could be that the children whose parents consumed alcohol during pregnancy simply raise their children in a more laid-back family system and environment, which could attribute to the children's high psychological functioning as well.
In any case, it's an encouraging report for any woman who's ever thought of getting pregnant! But...wait: is reality Barbie-bot Heidi Montag really pregnant? If you're into more love & sex news, here's something interesting: it may not be all that uncommon to have sex while you sleep.
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