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Why The Odd Glass Of Wine In Pregnancy Could Be Good For Your Baby

You’ve been hitting the virgin cocktails until now, but new research suggest mum-to-be who allow themselves the occasional drink could be making better behaved babies

Drinking lightly during your pregnancy could mean you have better adjusted children, suggests new research.

Women who drank the equivalent of a glass of wine a week, a total of 10 bottles of white wine, over the course of the pregnancy had babies who were more emotionally stable and better behaved than teetotal mums, says scientists from University of Copenhagen who studied around 100,000 pregnant women.

But, before you reach for the Pinot, it’s probably having the odd glass among a bigger healthier lifestyle that did the trick.

The pregnant women who did have the occasional drink turned out to be the ones who led the healthiest lifestyle overall. Scientists suggest  the link was less to do with alcohol and more because of factors like including plenty of fruit and vegetables in their diet and being more physically active.

Of course, the good news is a little glass of bubbly alongside that Caesar salad could be a healthy balance for both of you.

The Department of Health advise women to have no more than one or two units (that’s one large glass of wine), once or twice a week. Find out the full advice on drinking during pregnancy and all the other pregnancy rules you should be following. 

Did you have a tipple during pregnancy or did you skip it completely? Leave your comments below.

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