Light drinking may now be OK during pregnancy

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Pregnant women can drink up to half a glass of wine a day without it affecting the health and size of the baby, according to a new report.

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Latest research which reviewed 36 studies on the issue suggests mothers-to-be can drink up to 10g of alcohol a day without it having any effect their unborn baby

However, the research did confirm previous studies which have shown that heavy drinking in pregnancy increases the chance of a baby being born premature, small for their gestational age or too light.

This latest research may only confuse expectant mothers, as The Department of Health continues to advise pregnant women to avoid alcohol if possible.

Patrick O’Brien, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said:

“This does not mean that women can use this as an excuse to indulge in more than the recommended amount in the UK.”

In a separate study, it was found that babies whose mothers gave up smoking as soon as they became pregnant had a “significantly higher” birth weight than those who carried on.

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Is it safe to drink alcohol when you’re pregnant – or should you give up completely? Read our guidelines from the DoH and advice from Claire Friars, midwife for Tommy’s, the baby charity.

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