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Prenatal alcohol consumption between conception and recognition of pregnancy

The purpose of this study was to examine prevalence and predictors of alcohol consumption by women prior to awareness of their pregnancy, and trajectories of change to alcohol use following pregnancy recognition.

In this sample of relatively high SES women, most women ceased or reduced drinking once aware of their pregnancy. However, the rate of alcohol-exposed pregnancies was higher than previous estimates when the period prior to pregnancy recognition was taken into account.

Authors: McCormack, C, Hutchinson, D., Burns, L., Wilson, J., Allsop, S., Elliott, E., Najman, J., Olsson, C.A., Jacobs, S., Rossen, L., Mattick, R.P.

Date: January 2017

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