Is a little alcohol OK?

You may have heard about a recent study that found drinking alcohol during and beyond the first trimester of pregnancy doesn’t raise the risk of premature delivery, low birth weight or size, or maternal high blood pressure.

But before you open that bottle of wine, consider this. The study, published in the October 2013 issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, drew strong criticism from many organizations, including the March of Dimes. The organization continues to believe that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause permanent harm to the child, and no amount of maternal drinking is safe.

“The March of Dimes feels that if you’re pregnant or even thinking about getting pregnant you should not drink alcohol,” said Edward McCabe, M.D., chief medical officer of the March of Dimes. “That means no wine, wine coolers, beer or hard liquor.”

We agree—the best choice for pregnant women is to avoid alcohol.

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