New Study Emphasizes Dangers of Drinking During Pregnancy

The dangers of drinking during pregnancy were underlined in the results of a new study reported on by the Wall Street Journal. The article talks about one result of the study: “For each drink consumed each day over the daily average [in the study of 1,000 women] in the second half of the first trimester, the women’s babies were 12% more likely to have a small head circumference, 16% more likely to have low birth weight and over 20% more likely to have a very thin upper lip or lack a vertical indentation between their noses and lips. While seemingly minor, those characteristics are typical of fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, and frequently presage cognitive and behavior problems later in life.”

It’s long been widely known that drinking during pregnancy carried danger, but this study shows clearly just how critical those dangers are. “”We found that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy,” says lead author Haruna Sawada Feldman, a postdoctoral student at the University of California, San Diego.”

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