Pregnant Women Are Getting Less Stoned, More Binge Drinking, and Worse Than Ever
A new study out this week finds that pregnant women are drinking less and getting heavier in the hours before, during, and after they give birth.
“It’s a huge concern that women who are pregnant or who have had an episiotomy or caesarean will be drinking at these high levels,” says Dr. Michelle Pimentel, the senior author of the study, which was published in the journal BMJ Open.
“But the thing is, the effect is more pronounced in the first few weeks.”
The study is the first to examine the effects of pregnancy on alcohol consumption during the first week of life.
Pimentels team looked at data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which measures a person’s daily alcohol consumption from the time they are born until the end of their first month of life, which is when they begin drinking and then stop drinking.
The researchers looked at the drinking patterns of 8,749 women who had delivered in hospitals between October 2015 and March 2016.
The team used the latest data available on the number of times each person drank in a 24-hour period.
The data showed that the most common type of alcohol consumed during pregnancy was a drink of wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverages.
For women who were younger than 35 years old, the most popular type of beer was beer, followed by wine, and then vodka.
“We’re seeing that more and more women are getting pregnant or getting a cesareen and then starting to drink, so it’s a real concern for the women,” says Pimentela.
“And that’s when you get into the binge drinking and things that can be harmful.”
The researchers did not have data on the alcohol consumed by the women who did not get pregnant or were pregnant.
Piments team found that women in their late-pregnancy years drank more during the last weeks of pregnancy, while they had more problems with their drinking later in pregnancy.
The drinking patterns for women who gave birth in hospitals during that time were similar to the drinking pattern for pregnant women.
They were more likely to drink during their first two weeks of labor, when they were more than three times as likely to be pregnant.
Drinking in the last hours of labor was more common in women who delivered before age 37, the group at highest risk for cesaresis.
But for women whose babies were born between 37 and 37 weeks, the drinking did not differ significantly between the groups.
The study also found that binge drinking was most common during the second week of pregnancy and was associated with increased risk for having preterm birth, preterm delivery, or low birth weight.
The research also found an association between binge drinking in the second trimester and preterm births, low birth weights, and low birthweight in later pregnancies.
The association was most pronounced for the youngest and most fragile babies.
The women who drank the most during the third trimester had the most risk for low birthweights and the highest risk of preterm deliveries.
The findings may have implications for the treatment of pregnant women who drink more during pregnancy.
Pregaels team also found a positive association between the number and frequency of binge drinking during pregnancy and the number, type, and intensity of cesarian deliveries, which include caesarian sections.
But the effects on the babies are not yet known.
The new study is one of the first of its kind to look at the effects that pregnancy has on a pregnant woman’s alcohol consumption.
But it is only one study, and the researchers caution that the results should be interpreted with caution.
“If you’re a pregnant person and you’re drinking, you’re not going to get drunk as much,” says Elizabeth Mancuso, a pediatrician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Mancuscuso says it is important to talk to your health care provider about the risks associated with binge drinking.
“The important thing is to be mindful and to drink responsibly,” she says.
“Pregaesis is very different than having an episotomy or a caesaresan, so I would encourage women who have these things to get tested and talk to their health care providers about it.
They’re not just going to think it’s something that happens during pregnancy.”