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I’m aim­ing to get preg­nant in the New Year – do I need a sober Christ­mas?

Kirsty, Brighton

Try­ing to con­ceive? Good for you. And what’s more, turns out the odd glass of fizz here and there won’t scup­per your chances. Although women are com­monly ad­vised to ab­stain from al­co­hol while try­ing to get preg­nant, a study in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal found the Govern­ment’s rec­om­mended weekly limit of 14 units (around 10 small glasses of wine) has no im­pact on a woman’s fer­til­ity at all. Great. But while prepara­tory so­bri­ety might not be nec­es­sary, once you do con­ceive, the foe­tus is par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to booze in its first few weeks. ‘In­creased al­co­hol con­sump­tion, such as three or four units ev­ery day, leads to a higher level of the chem­i­cal ho­mo­cys­teine, which can re­sult in poor egg qual­ity, ab­nor­mal­i­ties of the foe­tus and mis­car­riage,’ says Dr Geetha Venkat, di­rec­tor of Lon­don’s Har­ley Street Fer­til­ity Clinic. In short, skip party binges and stick to the odd Ad­vo­caat. Cheers.

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