Many Women Still Drink Alcohol When Trying to Get Pregnant

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

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About half of pregnant women in the United States drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant or in early pregnancy, usually before they know they are expecting, a new study suggests.

The study involved more than 5,000 women who were surveyed by telephone when they were about six weeks pregnant, and again when they were around three months pregnant. During the second interview, the women answered questions about their alcohol use, including how much they drank, and how frequently. About 70 percent of the women said they had a planned pregnancy.

In the interviews conducted when the women were three months pregnant, a little over half of the women — 55 percent — said they had consumed alcohol within the past four months, meaning they had consumed alcohol around the time they got pregnant or at some point since then during the pregnancy. The researchers essentially used the…

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