Alcohol in early pregnancy linked to increased premature birth risk

03/10/2014 |

Consumption of more than two units of alcohol each week during the first trimester of pregnancy was tied to a twofold increased risk of giving birth prematurely or having small babies, compared with women who did not drink, U.K. researchers found. Even women who drank a lesser amount of alcohol early in their pregnancy had a higher premature birth risk than those who did not drink, according to the study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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