The question of wine during pregnancy remains a matter of much scientific debate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends dry pregnancies, as do most major medical organizations — and yes, that includes drinking wine while pregnant. Still, there may be some reasons why some doctors suggest small amounts of alcohol are probably fine. And since nearly half of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, the CDC is essentially saying that fertile, sexually active women should abstain. The risks are significant.
The moment a woman announces to the world that she is expecting, she apparently becomes public property. I read about that online. Guess what? I think I can handle eating or drinking whatever I want without the public rubbernecking and making sanctimonious commentary on it. Some women will eat their brie and blue cheese throughout pregnancy. For example, if I choose to have a glass of red wine while pregnant, then I will have one.
Why Scientists Think a Glass of Wine During Pregnancy Isn’t So Bad
Clearly alcohol use can cause major problems for the pregnant woman and her baby. Fergus McCarthy and colleagues from Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia compared birth outcomes among 5, women who were pregnant for the first time between and More than half of them reported drinking alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy. Rates of premature birth, babies with low birth weight or small size, and pre-eclampsia—a potentially life-threatening condition in which a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure—were similar across the alcohol consumption categories. For the past few decades, women have been urged to avoid alcohol during pregnancy.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink, the greater the risk. A baby's liver is one of the last organs to develop and doesn't mature until the later stages of pregnancy. Your baby cannot process alcohol as well as you can, and too much exposure to alcohol can seriously affect their development. Drinking after the first three months of your pregnancy could affect your baby after they're born.