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