Drinking Red Wine Might Boost Your Chance of Getting Pregnant, Says Science

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We all know there are certain sacrifices women need to make once they are pregnant -- the expectant mama can kiss coffee, sushi, and deli meats good-bye for nine months. But what about before you're expecting? Well, a new study out by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine is claiming that women who drink one glass of wine a week are more fertile than those who don't. *Sips wine* Go on ...

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The study was conducted at the University of St. Louis, where 135 women between the ages of 18–44 with no pregnancy complications (infertility, ovarian surgery, chronic illness, etc.) were surveyed on their alcohol intake for the month.

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Participants were also asked to track their intake of beer, red wine, white wine, and liquor, and report back to see how their alcohol consumption impacted fertility. Participants in the study received regular ultrasounds, but only those who drank red wine were found to have a higher reserve of viable eggs for the month. We'll cheers to that! 

The scientist found that red wine contains a key antioxidant known as Resveratrol, which has anti-inflammatory effects that protect cells from biological stress. That's also why the Mayo Clinic reports that moderate red wine consumption can be beneficial to heart health.

But before you break out the Cab, it should be noted that this new study goes against recommendations from the CDC, which state that alcohol consumption while women are trying to conceive can result in higher levels of alcohol-exposed pregnancies.

"Every woman who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant -- and her partner -- wants a healthy baby," Coleen Boyle, director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a 2016 statement. "But they may not be aware that drinking any alcohol at any stage of pregnancy can cause a range of disabilities for their child." 

The bottom line: While this new study might seem like great news, it goes against many of the guidelines women are supposed to follow when they are trying to conceive. So, ladies, when it doubt, it might be best to drink with caution.

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