Best to avoid alcohol in pregnancy says RCM on new research

By RCM on 11 September 2017 BMJ Study - British Medical Journal Alcohol and pregnancy

Today research has been published in the inline journal BMJ Open on the effects of light or occasional drinking in pregnancy. 

Commenting on the research, Carmel Lloyd Head of Education at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “We support the view of the research authors and our advice also remains that if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant then it is better to remove any doubt about the impact of alcohol and not drink it.

“However, this must be about women making a choice and what is important is that they make that choice based upon the best available evidence.

 “If pregnant women have concerns about their level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy, we encourage them to speak to their midwife who will be able to offer them advice and support.”

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Notes to editors

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