Take a little beer or wine during pregnancy? What you should know

By Elisa Chia   — November 16, 2016
  • Is it safe to have an occasional glass of beer or wine when you are pregnant?
    1 / 3 Is it safe to have an occasional glass of beer or wine when you are pregnant?

    “The standard advice is still strictly no alcohol of any sort during pregnancy as it will be passed on to the baby,” says Dr Christopher Ng, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gynae MD Women’s and Rejuvenation Clinic. 

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  • Err on the side of caution
    2 / 3 Err on the side of caution

    While it is unlikely that drinking one glass will result in serious detrimental effects, it’s best to err on the side of caution, Dr Ng advises.

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    Related: Eating yellow-coloured food during pregnancy gives Baby jaundice: true or false? 


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  • Watch how much you drink
    3 / 3 Watch how much you drink

    There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption, but binge drinking (four or more glasses of wine or beer) and daily alcohol consumption – especially during the first trimester of pregnancy when your unborn baby’s organs are developing – increases the risk of foetal alcohol syndrome. 

    Symptoms include microcephaly (small head and brain), heart defect, visual and hearing problems, as well as intellectual disability.

    Related: Healthier hawker dishes for pregnant mums 



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