And many people born in the s or earlier had mothers who drank. My mother had a fairly regular glass of rye and ginger ale when she was pregnant with me. And she smoked. And I graduated from medical school at the age of
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Clearly alcohol use can cause major problems for the pregnant woman and her baby. Fergus McCarthy and colleagues from Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia compared birth outcomes among 5, women who were pregnant for the first time between and More than half of them reported drinking alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy. Rates of premature birth, babies with low birth weight or small size, and pre-eclampsia—a potentially life-threatening condition in which a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure—were similar across the alcohol consumption categories. For the past few decades, women have been urged to avoid alcohol during pregnancy.
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Pregnant women who drink up to two standard glasses of wine a week are unlikely to harm their unborn baby, a new study suggested. This was because there was a small risk of having an underweight or premature baby if the woman drank up to four units in a week. Until recently UK guidelines advised women to avoid drinking alcohol while trying to conceive, and in the first trimester.
Pregnant women have had it pounded into their heads that they should lay off the booze for nine months. Can pregnant women drink wine? Sure, but alcohol in their bloodstream passes to the baby via the umbilical cord , which can cause miscarriage , stillbirth, preterm birth , and any number of lifelong physical, behavioral, and cognitive challenges for the child. Also, the evidence is abundantly clear that the more alcohol imbibed, the greater the odds of endangering or even losing the baby. Does drinking wine while pregnant always lead to bad outcomes? After all, back before fetal alcohol syndrome now called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder was officially recognized in , pregnant women consumed alcohol without worry. In fact, doctors often suggested they sip wine to relax. The question of very light and sporadic drinking during pregnancy remains a matter of much debate. But in recent years, there has been mounting skepticism of this blanket booze ban. Some obstetricians even suggest abstinence but do so with a wink and a nod, having delivered hundreds or even thousands of healthy newborns, some of whose mothers enjoyed wine while pregnant.