pregnant women are ignoring warnings about the danger that
alcohol poses to their unborn children.
In a study by University of Michigan Health System
researchers, 15 percent of pregnant women said they drank
alcohol at least once during their pregnancy. The report appears
in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental
Most of the women in the anonymous survey of 1131 pregnant
women said they'd had less than one drink a week while they were
pregnant. However, some said they drank more than that on a
regular basis, and some admitted they had at least one binge
drinking episode, in which they had at least five drinks at one
The study also found that women who smoke while they're
pregnant were more likely to drink alcohol. Women in the early
stages of pregnancy were also more likely to drink alcohol.
Despite the dangers of drinking, only about half the women
recalled being asked about their drinking by the doctor
providing their obstetric care.
The study authors write that their findings suggest that
doctors and other health-care providers need to talk with women
about their drinking behavior during prenatal visits. Doctors
also need to counsel some women more intensely about their
drinking during pregnancy.