No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe During Pregnancy
Kathmandu, February 1
A recent study found that drinking alcohol during pregnancy could lead to children with poorer cognitive functions and increases the risk of lower birth weight.
As per the Healthline, the study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
According to the researchers, this is the first time results from a number of different study designs were compared relating to the effect of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The researchers analyzed 23 previously published studies and confirmed that drinking alcohol during pregnancy leads to children with poorer cognitive functions and increases the risk of lower birth weight.
“We also found that for two outcomes, cognition and birth weight, there were enough studies of different type agreeing with each other, indicating a harmful effect of alcohol in pregnancy,” Luisa Zuccolo, study lead and senior lecturer in epidemiology at Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences, was quoted as saying by the Healthline.
According to the researchers, the analysis looked at both traditional studies like randomized controlled trials (RCT) and alternative strategies that involved comparing children in the same family whose mothers reduced or increased alcohol consumption between pregnancies.