According to a recent study published October 5, 2010 in the Journal of Epitimology and Community Health (conducted by researchers at University College London) light drinking (one or two drinks a week) doesn't seem to have any noticeable affects on babies. Yes, the alcohol still passes through the placenta and thus reaches the baby, but when researchers followed up with children at birth, 3 years and 6 years they couldn't find any adverse affects. Surprisingly, the children born to light drinkers scored higher in cognitive tests compared with women who stopped drinking during pregnancy. Behavioral issues (mainly hyperactive disorder) appeared in children born to women who drank heavily, averaging 7 drinks/ week. (This study did not address fetal alcohol syndrome among binge and extremely heavy drinkers) The study was performed on 11,000 women.
Alcohol during pregnancy will always be an unending debate! Did Leonardo Da Vinci's mother drink during pregnancy? Probably... and her son still turned out to be a genius. Does that mean it's okay to pour yourself a glass of wine now and then? That's for you to decide. I've heard someone say, "You can walk on a railroad track and not be hit by a train, but that doesn't mean it's a safe thing to do."