Researchers following children up to the age of 5 did not see any increased risk of behavioral or cognitive problems in those whose mothers classified themselves as “light drinkers” compared to mothers who were teetotalers during their pregnancy.

However, although the findings may be “reassuring for those who have taken a few drinks during early pregnancy, I would not use this as a green light to drink during pregnancy,” cautioned Dr. Richard Jones, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and director of obstetrics at Scott & White in Temple. “We know that heavy drinking causes problems in pregnancy.”