Ev­i­dence is ‘limited’ on risk of drink in preg­nancy

The Scotsman - - Features - BY JANE KIRBY

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.”

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