One actress has declared it’s OK to drink alcohol when you’re pregnant. Rachel Weisz, who gave birth recently, has said alcohol is fine after the first three months. Why does she say that? Because they drink it in Europe.

In the United Kingdom, current guidelines say pregnant woman can drink the equivalent of 1-2 small glasses of wine once or twice a week. In the United States, women are told not to drink alcohol when pregnant. According to the March of Dimes, light to moderate drinking can harm a baby. More than 40,000 babies are born every year with some kind of alcohol-related damage, and between 1,300 and 8,000 are born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which causes physical and mental defects. A government survey shows that between 1995 and 1999 the number of women who had at least one drink during their pregnancies declined from 16.3 percent to 12.8 percent. Alcohol passes from mother to child through the placenta and, since alcohol breaks down slower in a baby’s body, the child could have a higher alcohol level than the mother’s, which can cause lifelong damage.

Alcohol consumption doesn’t just affect the babies of pregnant women. Studies show that consuming alcohol while trying to conceive can lower the chances of becoming pregnant.

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