Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Can It Ever Be to Drink While Expecting a All Right You Are Baby? A Little of What You Fancy Does You a Lot of Good Sarah Walker, 33, Mum-of-One to Alexander, Five Months, of Marton, Middlesbrough, Believes That Drinking Alcohol within the Government Guidelines - on Occasion - Is Fine

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Can It Ever Be to Drink While Expecting a All Right You Are Baby? A Little of What You Fancy Does You a Lot of Good Sarah Walker, 33, Mum-of-One to Alexander, Five Months, of Marton, Middlesbrough, Believes That Drinking Alcohol within the Government Guidelines - on Occasion - Is Fine

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SO my drinks were consumed at home or the homes of friends apart from one shandy when we were seated in a pub out of the view of other diners who couldn't judge me! Do I regret it? No. And did I enjoy it? Yes!

At a month pregnant, I was going on holiday after asking my GP about the safety of flying. Not even thinking about the booze, she told me that if I wanted to have a drink on holiday to go for it. As long as I was only having one or two not going on a bingedrinking session. It was fine, she said.

Knowing she was a mother herself as well as a health professional I trusted her judgment. But the official guidelines for pregnant women are so confusing they are almost enough to have you reaching for the bottle anyway! The most up-to-date information on the NHS Choices website says it is advisable not to drink at all in the first three months of pregnancy. This differs from my GP's advice, but I drank knowing this, as I felt she was speaking from a more practical viewpoint knowing I was sensible enough not to binge drink.

NHS Choices also states women should be advised not to drink at all if pregnant or trying to conceive, but if they do choose to drink, thereby suggesting it is up to individual women to choose whether to drink or not, they should drink no more than one or two units once or twice a week.

NICE says women should not get drunk or binge drink which it classifies as having more than 7.5 units. Again this is confusing as it might suggest to women it is OK to drink up to that amount. The website also states there is uncertainty about how much is safe to drink in pregnancy so that's the reason many women abstain altogether.

But I subscribe to the view that a little bit of what you fancy does you good and I never exceeded two units and probably drank on about five or six occasions throughout the whole of my pregnancy.

I personally felt that was fine for me, but I respect the decisions of those who abstain altogether.

I now have a happy, healthy five month old boy and don't regret my occasional drink one bit!

To me the risks are just too great Eaglescliffe's Vicky Evison, 32, a mum-ofone to Luke, seven, and 21 weeks pregnant with her second child, has made the decision to abstain completely from the booze. …

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