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Pregnancy advice has gone too far, expert warns

By Liam Coleman , 19-May-2017
Last updated on 19-May-2017 at 11:22 GMT2017-05-19T11:22:38Z

Too much caution: Lee warned that pregnant women were worsening their social lives
Too much caution: Lee warned that pregnant women were worsening their social lives

Warnings for pregnant women about drinking in pubs have gone down an “overly precautionary route”, an expert has said.

Ellie Lee, director of the University of Kent’s Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, questioned advice from the chief medical officers for the UK, which says the safest approach when pregnant is not to drink alcohol at all.

Lee said that January 2016 research , saying that drinking up to one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week was acceptable, was dismissed far too rapidly.

She added that as a result of the official advice too many women were worsening their social lives by not taking up the chance to visit the pub.

“The exclusion of women from an ordinary activity on the basis of precaution can more properly be called sexist than benign,” Lee said.

Jennie Bristow, senior lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University added that the current approach “promoted fear” and was not the right way to care for pregnant women.

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