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The point we make in our paper is that there is no evidence that the risks of mild and inadvertent exposure in early pregnancy are the same as (or can be "extrapolated" from) the risk associated with heavy drinking during pregnancy.
There are no easy answers in the difficult study and often devastating reality of fetal exposure to alcohol. A woman who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy should avoid alcohol consumption. And that is precisely what Motherisk tells women, healthcare providers and all others with regard to the use of alcohol during pregnancy.
Gideon Koren, MD, FRCPC
Director, Motherisk Program
The Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, The University of Toronto
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