Moderate drinking in early pregnancy branded 'safe'
Last updated on 20 Jun 2012 09:59
Drinking a low or moderate level of alcohol in early pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in five-years-olds, researchers say.
The Danish research, published in the BJOG journal, suggested one to eight drinks a week was not linked to harm.
In Denmark a standard drink has 12g of alcohol, compared with the UK's 7.9g.
UK pregnant women are advised not to drink, but experts say those who do should have no more than one-to-two units, once or twice a week.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy is known to be linked to miscarriage, foetal alcohol syndrome and low birth weight.
The Danish researchers produced five papers on drinking in pregnancy.
Over 1,600 pregnant women took part, recruited at their first antenatal visit. Half were first-time mothers, and just under a third smoked during pregnancy.
They were asked about their alcohol intake.