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Red wine during pregnancy OK, says study

July 1, 2013

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The advice from experts for pregnant women to avoid any kind of alcohol during pregnancy still holds, but for women who are fans of red wine, there is now a study that found that moderate drinking of wine while pregnant may not do much harm to the unborn child.

According to studies, red wine contains some compounds that help lower a person’s risk of diabetes and heart disease. Resveratrol, a compound in wine, has also been tagged as a healthy compound. It helped boost heart health because it lowered blood cholesterol and fought off free radicals that promoted blockages in heart vessels.

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Given these, it may be difficult for some enthusiasts to give up drinking red wine all of a sudden while pregnant. The study, found on the journal BMJ Open, tested for balance problems in children born to mothers who drank moderately during pregnancy. According to the authors of the study, having trouble with balance may indicate problems with brain development in utero.

The findings of this recently published study were in line with previous studies that reported that moderate drinking while pregnant was not linked to declines in intelligence, attention, and self-control of the child. Still, the researchers noted that there may be other factors, like the mother’s genes or socioeconomic status, which led to the results.

Given that the safe level of consumption remains undefined, expectant mothers are still advised to gradually reduce their wine consumption while the baby is still developing in their womb. They can continue to enjoy the benefits of wine after the baby is born.

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