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Drink advice in pregnancy rethought

A health watchdog is advising pregnant women to limit the amount of alcohol they consume.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has dropped its draft guidance which said it was fine for women to drink the equivalent of a small glass of wine daily after the first trimester.

Now, NICE is saying women should avoid alcohol but, if they choose to drink, they should have no more than one or two units once or twice a week.

This new guidance is bound to add to confusion over how much a pregnant woman can safely consume.

There is no new evidence to support NICE's stance, the body admitted, but the ideas are closer to government thinking.

The Department of Health issued advice which said that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should stop drinking alcohol in May 2007.

And those who do drink after the first trimester should have no more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week, it said.


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