Mother and Baby

How Many Women Are Secret Pregnancy Drinkers?

Drinking during pregnancy isn’t advised, but a new survey shows some pregnant women find it hard to completely give up

Found yourself giving into the odd glass of wine during your pregnancy? You’re not the only one. A study has found that approximately 10% of mums-to-be enjoy a little alcohol while pregnant.

The research, published in a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, revealed that 16% of the 16,111 pregnant women polled admitted to indulging in a small amount of alcohol (0.5 to two units, one to four times per month) in the first trimester while 10% said they had the same amount in their second trimester.

A whopping 12% of women admitted to binge drinking (intake of five alcohol units or more in a single drinking episode) in their first trimester and just 0.5% in the second.

Approximately 10% of mums-to-be enjoy a little alcohol while pregnant

The researchers suggest that anxiety and depression during pregnancy may be linked to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

‘Our findings clearly show a link between a mother's negative emotions, such as depression and anxiety, and light alcohol use and binge drinking during pregnancy,’ says Dr Stene-Larsen. ‘Further study is needed to understand why women continue to drink alcohol while pregnant despite health warnings.’

As we all know, drinking alcohol while pregnant isn’t advised – there are lots of health risks thought to be associated with alcohol that can affect the baby and is thought to even cause miscarriage and stillbirth. If you choose to drink, the NHS advises that you should only have one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week. And it's best to avoid the booze entirely during your first trimester, to reduce your chances of miscarrying.

So, reach for that tub of Ben&Jerry’s that you denied yourself pre-pregnancy instead!

Did you find it easy to stop drinking while you were pregnant? Let us know below.

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