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A recent study has shown that pregnant women’s alcohol consumption is linked to that of their partner, meaning that if the partner drinks alcohol frequently, pregnant women are more likely to drink too.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can have harmful effects on the baby’s development, leading to physical and mental problems that last a lifetime. This includes learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and physical disabilities.
Unfortunately, the study also found that partners usually didn’t reduce their alcohol consumption during pregnancy. As a result, pregnant women were less likely to reduce their alcohol intake.
To combat this issue, the researchers suggest educating potential parents about the harms of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and encouraging both parents to reduce their alcohol intake when planning for pregnancy to protect the baby from harm.
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