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We know shockingly little about the effects of drinking during pregnancy

Even obstetricians are deeply divided.
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There's less evidence either way than you might think.


Getting pregnant comes with a lot of potentially upsetting biological changes, but it also brings on a sudden deluge of unsolicited advice.

Is folic acid your primary concern, or should you take a specially formulated multivitamin? How much exercise is enough, and how much is dangerous? Is the occasionally beer okay, or will a single drop of alcohol cause permanent developmental damage to your ? Expecting parents are bound to hear endless variations. Plenty of these sanctimonious comments come from other parents, who are probably just basing their opinions on what they once heard from others. But obstetricians are supposed to consumption, there simply isn't enough evidence for them to draw from.

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