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Pregnancy and alcohol: 'My GP told me I could have an odd glass of wine'

Experts now recommend zero alcohol for pregnant women, but expectant mothers have long been given contradictory advice, writes Arlene Harris

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Jen Hogan, author of The Real Mum's Guide to (Surviving) Parenthood, drank very moderately while pregnant with all seven of her children but was given conflicting advice from experts.

Jen Hogan, author of The Real Mum's Guide to (Surviving) Parenthood, drank very moderately while pregnant with all seven of her children but was given conflicting advice from experts.

There was a time, not so long ago, when it wasn't unusual to see a pregnant woman with a drink in her hand - and in fact, some advertising campaigns actually promoted a certain alcoholic beverage as being 'good for you' and your unborn baby.

There was a time, not so long ago, when it wasn't unusual to see a pregnant woman with a drink in her hand - and in fact, some advertising campaigns actually promoted a certain alcoholic beverage as being 'good for you' and your unborn baby.

Personal decision: Maia Dunphy had the very odd glass of alcohol during her pregnancy (stock photo)

Personal decision: Maia Dunphy had the very odd glass of alcohol during her pregnancy (stock photo)

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Jen Hogan, author of The Real Mum's Guide to (Surviving) Parenthood, drank very moderately while pregnant with all seven of her children but was given conflicting advice from experts.

There was a time, not so long ago, when it wasn't unusual to see a pregnant woman with a drink in her hand - and in fact, some advertising campaigns actually promoted a certain alcoholic beverage as being 'good for you' and your unborn baby.

But times changed as did medical advice which soon encouraged women to reduce or avoid alcohol intake for the duration of their pregnancy. And - as of yesterday - the HSE have stated that zero exposure is the only way to be sure your baby doesn't develop Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


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