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I didn’t. But then again, my last pregnancy was five years ago. At that time, many mamas-to-be adhered firmly to the no-alcohol policy endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
But then Good Morning America ran a segment in 2008 which suggested that moderate drinking during pregnancy might be okay. Real, responsible women came forward and admitted to drinking periodically during their pregnancies -- and their doctors backed them up!
Almost immediately, ACOG issued a response that stated the organization was, "concerned that this television segment disseminated a potentially dangerous and mixed message to pregnant women…ACOG reiterates its long-standing position that no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy."
Yet 14 to 15 percent of women continue to drink during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 15-year study from the group found that one in eight women drink while pregnant, in spite of years of "no alcohol" admonitions and it remains an incredibly controversial topic. Case in point: The uproar and speculation surrounding a glass of red wine Kate Hudson sipped while pregnant.
Across the pond, though, things are different. Studies published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggest that light drinking during pregnancy may actually be advantageous. And The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), the British equivalent of ACOG, states that "if [a pregnant woman] would like to have a drink, the current evidence shows that one or two units, once or twice a week, is acceptable after 12 weeks of pregnancy."
Whoa! That’s an entirely different mindset than drink-a-sip-of-alcohol-and-you’ll-doom-your-baby-to-a-life-of-disability! So we want to know: Did you drink during your pregnancy? What do you think of pregnant moms who drink while pregnant?