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Drinking alcohol while a woman is pregnant is something most people would say is off limits.

A new study finds it might not be all bad, at least not in moderation.

Most people told Heartland News they wouldn’t risk it.

A British study looked at 7,000 10-year-olds and their balance ability. Testing balance is one way experts look at neurological developments. The children whose mothers moderately drank while pregnant didn’t show any neurological problems.

Moderate drinking was defined as 3 to 7 drinks a week.

Carrie Carda, an OBGYN in Poplar Bluff, said she doesn’t think drinking alcohol while pregnant will ever be supported by doctors. She said the positives of drinking alcohol while pregnant don’t outweigh the risks.

"There's a lot of stake, so who wants to put their pregnancy up at risk for it? So the information is not there, so if it's not necessary, why even risk it at all?" said Carda.

"It's best to not find out, it's best to stick to what doctors have said for centuries, that alcohol is a bad idea when pregnant, it affects a person when you're not pregnant, imagine what it can do to two lives at the same time,” said Sikeston mother Beth Mclemore.

Carda said any amount of alcohol while pregnant can cause problems. It can affect how the baby develops neurologically, lead to a still birth, or even cause a miscarriage.

“Drinking during pregnancy is not worth the risk, drinking during pregnancy is not shown to be safe, it's not necessary, and I want to make sure that although I'm happy that we're getting more data, about alcohol and pregnancy use, and maybe about the amounts, but overall it's just something that I just don't support," said Carda.

Carda questions the validity of the study, and wonders how other factors played a role.

Carda encourages people to talk to their doctor before applying any study’s findings to their own lives.

"I'm very, very cautious, so anything that's in my control I'm going to do it, you know there's a lot of things that are totally out of your control when you're pregnant but if it's in mine, I'm going to make sure I'm doing the right thing,” said Mclemore.

You can read the study here

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