As ever with Nanny's advice about what we should eat, drink, smoke and generally imbibe, her once stated "safe limits" and "prohibitions" more often than not are revised.
Most often by Nanny herself!
This time it seems that her often contradictory and confusing advice about drinking during pregnancy is yet again being revised.
Loyal readers will be aware that Nanny has sashayed in her pronouncements about "safe limits" between "a little won't hurt you" to zero tolerance.
Regarding zero tolerance, I would point out that many women do not realise that they are pregnant for a few months; and therefore will have happily continued with their drinking and smoking lifestyle anyway, oblivious to any conception having taken place.
Anyhoo, Nanny has now reverted to "a light drink won't hurt you" mode.
As per the BBC according to a study in An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG), light drinking during pregnancy does not harm child behavioural or mental development.
For good measure John Thorp, from the journal in which the paper was published, still thinks it is best to abstain:
"These findings, that drinking not more than one or two units of alcohol per week during pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in early-mid childhood, are consistent with current UK Department of Health guidelines.I refer Mr Thorp to my point made above, namely that many women are not aware that they are pregnant until a few months into their term.
However, it remains unclear as to what level of alcohol consumption may have adverse outcomes so this should not alter current advice and if women are worried about consumption levels the safest option would be to abstain from drinking during pregnancy."
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