Alcohol intake during pregnancy
regardless of amount increases risk of miscarriage.
The study thwarts previous beliefs that "modest levels of consumption" were regarded as safe despite already existing medical advice against consumption.
Women who consume alcohol may need to reconsider when planning a pregnancy or when one is expecting a possible pregnancy as a new study showed that this practice increases the risk of a miscarriage.
The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), analysed 5,353 women and looked at the timing, type of alcohol used, and the amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy. They evaluated how these factors affect the risk of a miscarriage of a pregnant woman before 20 weeks of gestation.
The participants were either planning a pregnancy or were already in the early stages of their pregnancy. They came from different areas in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The data that researchers used were derived from the participants through an interview, particularly about their alcohol consumption during the first trimester.
Haf of the women who participated in the study admitted to alcohol use during the first few weeks of their pregnancy, even during conception. Many women changed their alcohol usage after they found out that they were pregnant.
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