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Children born to moms who drank a little during pregnancy behave better: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Jan. 2, 2014

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A new study has found the children of mothers who drank a small amount of alcohol during their pregnancies have significantly better emotional and behavioural outcomes by age seven compared to children whose mothers didn't drink.

But the behaviour of the children has nothing to do with the alcohol, researcher Janni Niclasen of the University of Copenhagen said.

Instead, it is the lifestyle of the mother that benefits the children. Women who tend to have a little to drink are often better educated and lead healthier lifestyles, Niclasen found after analyzing data from the Danish National Birth Cohort.

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Niclasen said the benefit was observed in women who admitted to drinking the equivalent of about 15 drinks during pregnancy.

But Niclasen said her research "is not an invitation to pregnant women to drink alcohol."

The research is part of Niclasen's PhD thesis.

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