CDC issues new data on women drinking during pregnancy

A new CDC study found that one in nine women drink during their pregnancies, including more than 10% who reported binge drinking during their first trimester.
2:03 | 08/07/20

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Thank you so much. We'll turn to the just released CDC study about pregnant women and alcohol. One in nine drink during their pregnancies including more than 10% who reported binge drinking during the first trimester. Dr. Jen Ashton is here to break down the findings. So you're an ob/gyn. The numbers sound alarming but the researchers believe the numbers could be higher than reported. Exactly, Cecilia. This is a huge study just released by the CDC. They looked at almost 100,000 women. They're talking about in in utero exposure to alcohol and other drugs. We know that alcohol can increase the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome. Leading to miscarriage, stillborn, long term intellectual and behavioral impairments and take a look at the numbers. They found in the first trimester, 19% of women draining alcohol and 20% admitted to binge drinking. Then 4.7% drink at all and just over 1% binge drink. There should be no alcohol consumption during pregnancy. And when women find out when they're pregnancy, usually the numbers go down. We talked about how the message has changed over the years it can be confusing for women because there are some doctors out there who say an occasional drink might be okay. What do you tell your patients? Well, first of all, we're not talking here about an occasional drink. We have two lives at stake the mother and the fetus. When you talk about the fetus, there is zero benefit to the mother consuming any alcohol during pregnancy and there's a risk. So to be crystal clear, acog and CDC says there's no safe. There are so many things we can't control in pregnancy, but this is under our control. Really great advice. Thank you. Coming up, Alyssa Milano's

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