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New guidelines on alcohol in pregnancy

The Department of Health has changed its guidelines on alcohol to recommend no drinking in pregnancy.

Posted: 25 May 2007
by Laura Lee Davies

Although there is no new research to suggest an essential change to the rules about drinking alcohol in pregnancy, the Department of Health have decided to amend their own guidelines to give a more clear message to women trying for a baby and those who are pregnant: no alcohol.

It is known that excessive alcohol intake during pregnancy can lead to birth defects for your baby. However, no scientific research has so far been able to conclude whether a small amount of alcohol is detrimental to a pregnancy or not. Thus, until now guidelines have suggested avoiding drink or limiting your intake to one or two units of alcohol one or two times a week.

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, this is still a reasonable guideline. However, if women do not know when to stop or how much a unit is, then the new message of 'no alcohol' will help let mothers-to-be know where they stand more clearly.

For more on the new Department of Health advice, go to
You can also check out some ThinkBaby tips for cutting out alcohol and our advice if you are worried about drinking and smoking before you knew you were pregnant.
Or if you are planning a party and want something a little more special than orange juice, check out this great online store selling alcohol-free wines and spirits: LoNo.

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I agree. Just to be sure I'd say no alcohol.

Posted: 29/05/2007 at 13:37

I think it's good, pregnant women and women trying should not drink alcohol I for one do not drink and haven't since starting to try 2 years ago you just do not know what happens to your baby when you drink.

Posted: 29/05/2007 at 14:16

Thats brill. When you do finally get to have a drink you'll enjoy it more. Are you pregnant?

Posted: 29/05/2007 at 14:27

I think its rubbish, ppl have been drinking alcohol for years and there are no true findings that this effects ur un born child!!

i for 1 have still been enjoying a glass of wine once a month with a meal out and i will continue to do so.

Posted: 29/05/2007 at 18:44

I absolutely agree with the no alcohol thing.

It's a small sacrifice to make. I think people who say just one or two glasses won't hurt are so dependent on drinking they can't imagine not doing it.

But no one would dream of giving booze to a newborn baby so why would you subject an unborn baby to it?

Posted: 29/05/2007 at 20:42

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