Safest approach in pregnancy is 'not to drink at all'

Women have been told the safest approach in pregnancy is to not drink at all after a recent study found that more than half of women exceed the recommended drinking limits during the first three months of pregnancy.

The Royal College of Obstetricians issued the following advice:

  • The safest approach in pregnancy is to choose not to drink at all
  • No more than one to two units have been shown to be harmful
  • Drinking one to two units no more than once or twice a week has been shown to be harmful
  • One unit of alcohol is equivalent of a half a pint of lager or beer, a glass of wine or a single shot of a spirit
  • Drinking five or more units of alcohol on one occasion is known as binge drinking
  • Regular binge drinking particularly in the early stages, is harmful to a woman and her baby

Read: Middle class women drink 'the most during pregnancy'

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Pregnant women drink too much, claims study

More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study has suggested.