New Research Published In BJOG: An International Journal Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology On Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Found That Light Alcohol Consumption Does Not Cause Premature Birth, Small Babies Or Low Birth Weight.

New research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on drinking alcohol during pregnancy found that light alcohol consumption does not cause premature birth, small babies or low birth weight.

New research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on drinking alcohol during pregnancy found that light alcohol consumption does not cause premature birth, small babies or low birth weight. Conversely, heavy drinking during pregnancy was shown to be harmful and responsible for babies being small for their gestational age, premature or too light. According to The Mirror, a UK publication, "Government advice says pregnant women and those trying to conceive should avoid drinking alcohol. If women do choose to drink, they should drink no more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week and should avoid getting drunk." The study involved expert review of 36 studies. They concluded that alcohol consumption below 10 to 18 grams a day was not harmful. However, heavy drinkers who consumed from than 36 grams of alcohol each day were 23% more likely to give birth prematurely and have small babies. This study was obviously conducted overseas, where attitudes toward drinking are more lax than in the United States. Still, many women here enjoy an occasional drink during pregnancy. I've always been of the opinion that it's better safe than sorry and that drinking during pregnancy isn't a good idea. This study doesn't change my feelings on the issue.

What is your opinion on alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Does this new research change your mind if you felt it was dangerous?

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