An odd glass of wine may be OK in pregnancy, but new figures have shown that mums-to-be are drinking more than the recommended amount
Hospital research has revealed that over 2,000 babies a year are born to mums who have ignored pregnancy drinking guidelines.
The study, conducted by Sky News, showed just how many pregnant women have been drinking more than the government recommended limit of four units a week – approximately two large glasses of wine.
In the last three years 2,496 mums-to-be admitted to drinking over than the advised amount of alcohol
A Freedom of Information request revealed that in the last three years 2,496 mums-to-be admitted to drinking over than the advised amount of alcohol and also showedthat four women who received care at the South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consumed more than 34 units a week.
While the odd glass of wine isn’t thought to harm your unborn baby, excessive drinking during pregnancy can cause physical and mental disabilities.
‘All the research has shown that high level alcohol exposure causes significant damage to a developing foetus,’ said Dr Raja Mukherjee, lead clinician for the national foetal alcohol spectrum disorder clinic at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
‘We know that women are drinking more – 90 per cent of women in this country drink and they don’t all suddenly stop when they are pregnant,’ Dr Raja continued.
If you’re not sure about how much alcohol you should or shouldn’t be drinking during your pregnancy, have a read of the real alcohol guidelines here.
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