Is it safe for women to drink while pregnant?

A new study says "maybe". Well, truly that adds to a lot of other "maybe" voices. Recently I was at an event at which a woman who was about 3 months along in her pregnancy sipped some wine and also sipped a bit from her husband’s margarita. Others were (quietly) discussing the realities of drinking during pregnancy, such as whether completing avoiding alcohol during pregnancy was a uniquely American phenomenon and whether the occasional sips (or drinks) would be harmful. A couple of years ago, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines for drinking the occasional beer while pregnant. Read what the CDC has to say about drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Thoughts?

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Bernadette

    As a special ed teacher, I have seen too much the effects of drinking while pregnant. I know there are people who do who have babies who seem to not have ill effects, but I say why take the chance?

  • Bernadette

    As a special ed teacher, I have seen too much the effects of drinking while pregnant. I know there are people who do who have babies who seem to not have ill effects, but I say why take the chance?