Study blesses a drink a day for pregnant moms

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The very-pregnant Kate Middleton has a lot more in common with American moms than her British subjects, it turns out. Unlike many English mothers-to-be, the Duchess of Cambridge follows American standards when it comes to drinking.

While the Centers for Disease Control says just 10 percent of American women sneak a sip of alcohol while pregnant, in part because of federal warnings booze could cause birth defects, a majority of English women in a new British study had a drink a day while pregnant.

But there's good news: Their kids are just fine.

The Wine Spectator has just revealed that in a University of Bristol Study of 6,915 mothers, more than 95 percent call themselves regular consumers of booze. Most drank while pregnant and there was "no evidence" alcohol consumption impacted their children's physical development.

"According to the study published in the British Medical Journal," said the bible of American wine, "the women drank an average of three to seven servings of alcoholic beverages per week. Their children, now averaging 10 years in age, performed well on a variety of balancing acts, such as walking on a beam or standing on one leg. However, the study notes that most of the mothers are affluent and other factors may have aided child development."

The study confirms other reports that light drinking is OK.

It does, however, clash with the federal government's recommendations from the CDC. In a warning on the CDC website, the Feds said, "There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink and no safe kind of alcohol. CDC urges pregnant women not to drink alcohol any time during pregnancy."

Apparently Middleton agreed with Uncle Sam when she first found out about her pregnancy. In fact, it was when she snubbed a glass of wine that the press first suspected she was pregnant.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.