recent AAP report underscores the "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to drinking while pregnant: even one drink is too many
Major health organizations in the U.S. and worldwide have similar
recommendations in place, but that hasn't always stopped some pregnant
women from sipping on a drink or two. In fact, a 2013 study found one in
10 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol within the previous 30
days and one in 33 reported binge drinking.
"The research suggests that the smartest choice for women who are
pregnant is to just abstain from alcohol completely," said Dr. Janet
Williams, one of the lead authors of the AAP report.
So, if you're pregnant and feel as if "one little drink won't hurt
anyone," maybe you're right; but keep in mind the potential consequences
when your baby's born: organ problems (heart, kidneys, etc.),
neuro-developmental difficulties, trouble with hearing and/or vision,
growth retardation and more. Clearly, it's just not worth the risk.