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Drinking in first trimester is linked to premature birth and babies small for gestational age

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2058
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Alcohol consumption during the first three months of pregnancy may increase the risk of having a premature or small baby, concludes a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.1

The researchers looked at responses to food frequency questionnaires by 1264 women at low risk of birth complications in Leeds. The women were part of the Caffeine and Reproductive Health Study, looking into links between diet and birth outcomes.

Women were asked how often they drank alcohol and what type it was at four points in time: in the four weeks before conception and in each of the …

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