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Don't Drink If Pregnant-Say Dorset County Hospital

Dorset County Hospital

7:30am 17th July 2013

"Women shouldn't be drinking alcohol if they're pregnant".

That's from the head of midwifery at Dorset County Hospital in response to research published today saying advice remains the same, alcohol is bad for your unborn baby.

The data has been published by the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Mums to be had always been advised to lay off the booze but many are concerned changing attitudes toward pregnancy has led to more women drinking regardless.

Jo Hartley is Head of Midwifery and Neonatal Services at Dorset County Hospital. She told us a main issue is conflicting advice from different agencies:

"Most mother sin Dorset are really cautious and stop eating and drinking everything they might think be a risk. Some Mum's think alcohol is ok to drink in moderation, but then we get the issue ... What is moderation? A unit isn't what we normally have."

"It's a complicated issue, but our line remains the same, we advise women not to drink alcohol while pregnant. The problem is alcohol is so socially acceptable and it's easy to have a drink and it be deemed ok.

"If you're a t a wedding and there's a toast and you have a few sips of champagne that's not gonna be a problem, but the main advice is don't drink".

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