Evidence is ‘limited’ on risk of drink in pregnancy
Evidence that light drinking in pregnancy can harm an unborn baby is “surprisingly limited”, a review has found.
Experts discovered very little evidence that light drinking in pregnancy causesharmonissuessuch as birth defects, developmental delay, behavioural problems and impaired intelligence.
But the team warned that a lack of evidence is not proof that it is fine to drink, and they still recommend that pregnant women do not drink alcohol just in case.
Official NHS guidance from UK Chief Medical Officers says that pregnant women should not drink because “experts are still unsure exactly how much – if any – alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you’re pregnant”. It adds: “Drinking in pregnancy can lead to longterm harm to the baby.”