Abstinence from alcohol while you’re pregnant looks to be the only safe way of protecting your baby from being delivered early or underweight.
New research from Leeds University has found that just three drinks a week in early pregnancy can double the chances of a premature birth or unexpectedly small baby.
Even two drinks a week increases the risk of a preterm delivery or an underweight baby.
The researchers also found that even drinking in the month BEFORE conception could affect the baby’s size.
And its middle class mothers who are more at risk as they habitually drink more than the recommended two drinks a week limit for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.
The study of 1,264 women showed that women who drank more than two weekly units were at double the risk of giving birth to an unexpectedly small or premature baby than women who drink no alcohol at all.