I’ve long described pregnancy as a lengthy list of things you can’t do (or eat or drink). Of course, growing and nurturing a human being is a miraculous process, but let’s be honest: It’s also a buzz kill. From the moment any woman finds out she’s pregnant, she becomes bombarded with “no.” No sushi, no hot tubs, no jumping on trampolines, no caffeine, no deli meats, and above all, no alcohol. None. Not a single drop.
No question, the evidence that heavy drinking during pregnancy is risky is incontrovertible.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the effects of alcohol on the fetus — such as why some women can drink quite a lot during pregnancy with little effect on their children while others can't. But for now, the preponderance of evidence suggests light drinking during pregnancy probably isn't harmful. As the evidence evolves, however, that conclusion might change.
A new proposal being considered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests that women could have their alcohol consumption recorded during pregnancy. One writer considers this a gross threat to women’s rights...
Forty-three states have policies targeting pregnant women who drink. Researchers say they’re backfiring.
Even obstetricians are deeply divided.
Harsh measures, or even threats of them, can lead to the avoidance of prenatal care entirely.
In many European countries women aren't advised or expected to give up drinking while pregnant. In fact, many doctors there go as far as recommending a glass or two of wine a week
British women may enjoy a glass of wine every now and then during pregnancy, but in the United States, drinking while pregnant is fraught. Forty-three US states have regulations around the practice, which range from prohibiting criminal prosecution of pregnant women who drink alcohol to mandating rehab for pregnant women who drink alcohol.
Perhaps I should be more shocked by the latest proposal to control women. But what else can you expect in this supremely sexist era?
Reproductive health has long focused on the pregnant person's behavior—but their partner's lifestyle is important, too.
While experts continue to debate how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy, many clinicians err on the side of safety and recommend that expecting people should cut it out altogether.
There is conflicting advice out there about drinking a small amount, particularly of wine, during pregnancy. Some research has said it may even be beneficial. Today the National Bureau of Economic Research says that's wrong.
Do women really need to abstain completely?
Recommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal. So, as a feminist, my opinion may come as a surprise.
Sure, you know you're not supposed to drink while pregnant. But what about those glasses of wine you had before you found out? Is a little OK in the third trimester? Or when you're anxious and can't sleep?
Those are the kinds of questions that women keep asking about pregnancy and alcohol. And science has not been a huge help in providing answers, though that's getting better.
Let’s talk about the CDC’s bonkers new alcohol guidelines for women.
Kids whose mothers drank "moderately" scored just as well on a balance test at age ten. This adds to a growing body of evidence that women may not have to stay away from all alcohol during pregnancy.
Research has also found that the UK has one of the highest predicted prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is the most severe form of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
If you're really struggling to give up the sauce, Carusi suggests seeking professional help, but you don't need to dwell on that one night.
How much do you know about the guidance on drinking in pregnancy? Most are aware of the “don’t drink” message. But if you’re an expectant mother, or someone who’s job involves giving advice, our new study shows that the abstinence message can feel too simplistic.
Doctors’ zero-alcohol-during-pregnancy policy contradicts research about the risks of light drinking.
There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time for alcohol use during pregnancy. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer.
FASDs are preventable if a baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.
Experts are still unsure exactly how much – if any – alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you're pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting.