Can Pregnant Women Drink Wine?

Question: “What are your thoughts on the occasional glass of wine? I’ve heard conflicting stories. Is it safe to splurge once in a while, or is it better to play it safe?”

Unfortunately there’s no research to support that an occasional glass of wine (or cocktail, or beer) is a safe bet when you’re expecting. Ultimately, it’s just not worth the risk. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Surgeon General all recommend abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy, including the occasional glass of wine, altogether.

Why? Mostly because nobody knows what the safe limit is — and that safe limit may vary from woman to woman, fetus to fetus, depending on all kinds of variables. What’s more, one glass of wine during pregnancy leads to another for some women. True, in many European countries an occasional glass of wine during pregnancy, sipped with food during a meal, is accepted. But given all of the risks of drinking when you’re expecting, it’s best to avoid altogether. Although abstaining may seem like a high hurdle now, the next few dry months will fly by (and you will drink again!).

Looking for confirmation or more motivation to skip that glass of wine? Check with your practitioner.

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