New Study Says No Amount of Alcohol Is OK for Expectant Mothers

Latest guidelines identify prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual disabilities in children.
1:33 | 10/19/15

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pregnant women and alcohol. And the new warning for women. Contrary to what millions of expect ant moms have been told that a small amount of alcohol is okay. Now saying no amount of alcohol is unsafe for unborn babies. Reporter: A word of warning for expecting moms tonight from the American academy of pediatrics saying no amount of alcohol should be considered safe during any time of pregnancy. I think that their point is that it's better to be safe than sorry. Safe than sorry. Reporter: The new guidelines report identifies prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual disabilities in children. Once you know you are pregnant or you are trying to get pregnant you shouldn't be drinking alcohol. Still, according to one recent study by the CDC, ten percent of pregnant women reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy. I have had, occasionally, like one glass of wine. On occasion, I would say, more so at the very beginning. Now, did either of you ever have a conversation with your own mother whether she drank alcohol when she was pregnant? She told me she had a glass of wine or maybe a beer. Reporter: Studies have been mixed on effect of alcohol consumption on babies. Some of the problems from alcohol may not show up until the child is a teenager. Reporter: So while the American academy of pediatrics isn't saying a glass of wine is harmful, they're saying they don't know if it's safe. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.

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