When it comes to alcohol & pregnancy
Studies suggests abstinence is the best approach when it comes to alcohol and pregnancy.
The Department of Health currently recommends that pregnant women and women trying to conceive should avoid alcohol altogether, and, if they choose to drink, should never drink more than one to two units once or twice a week, and never get drunk. However, a new study suggest that a simple recommendation of complete abstinence might be better.
The study of 1,303 pregnant women aged between 18 and 45 years old found that women who drank less than two units a week during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy were at increased risk of complications, including premature birth. Drinking more than two units of alcohol per week was associated with adverse birth outcomes in all trimesters.
You can find out more about the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy on our Pre-and post-natal nutrition course here.
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