Doctors never suggest women to drink during pregnancies as it puts infants at risk of developing brain damage and other problems. However, a finding by US health authorities say 10 percent of expectant mothers aged 18 to 44 take alcohol while carrying baby.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report adds further one in 33 pregnant women indulge in at least one episode of binge-drinking.
Lead author of the study, Cheryl Tan, pointed the binge drinking frequency was higher in pregnant women compared to the non-pregnant women.
Tan is an epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities. She writes further the drinking during pregnancy is linked to increased risk of birth defects and developmental disabilities.
She said comprehensive approach is needed to lower down the alcohol use and binge drinking among women who are expecting.
Tan and her team members analyzed data of pregnant as well as childbearing age women from all the 50 states.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, even slightest amount of alcohol can be unsafe during pregnancy. It can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, fatal alcohol syndrome and side effects.
Details of the study are published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of CDC and it writes binge drunker who are pregnant is seen to be usually drinking more that those binge drunker who are not pregnant.