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New Research Shows More Women Are Drinking During Pregnancy

Information from new research shows 11% of pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 44, admitted to being casual drinkers.  This breaks down to having a few drinks every weekend.

How does this affect the baby?

Because babies are still in the womb and developing, alcohol takes longer to break down and stays in their  body longer.  The effects include possible birth defects, impaired intellectual development and behavioral problems.

The worse time to drink during pregnancy is during the first 3 months of the child's development.  Although the number of pregnant women who drink has increased, there is help.  If you know someone who finds it hard to stop drinking during pregnancy, reach out to a local Alcoholics Anonymous group, or find a local alcohol treatment center for extra support.

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