I spent the afternoon today with some guys I have been friendly with for about 20 years (damn I’m getting old). We went out to the suburbs and enjoyed a football Sunday. But this was not your typical “guys, beer & football” afternoon. Today included wives & kids (of which I have neither…yet). (Of import of course my beloved Giants CRUSHED the Baltimore Ravens (30-10) and improved to 9-1. Looking good G-men!)
Of the women in attendance today 2 were pregnant and 3 others have had babies within the last few months. Although I am not a medical doctor, and not even a Wine doctor (maybe one day), I do encourage pregnant women to drink wine (in moderation!) when pregnant (I believe a half a glass or so 2-3 times a week). While I don’t think my encouragement has changed anyone’s previously made up mind, it has not prevented me from throwing my two cents into the equation.
There have been countless studies supporting both both moderate drinking and abstaining during pregnancy, but I recently read one posted a couple of weeks ago on Wine Spectator online. Researched at the University College of London and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the study proudly states:
“…not only can pregnant women safely drink a glass or two of wine per week, but their children performed better three years after birth when compared to children of women who did not drink at all.”
For more information please read the rest of the article. If you are pregnant (or intend to become pregnant) and want to drink alcohol during your pregnancy PLEASE consult your physician, conduct your own research, and DO NOT use this one study to make your decision. And if you do decide to drink (pregnant or not) PLEASE do so in moderation.
Happy (pregnant or not) Wine Tasting!