By
updated 7/19/2012 1:15:40 PM ET 2012-07-19T17:15:40

A government survey shows 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol and some even go on binges.

  1. Don't miss these Health stories
    1. Splash News
      More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?

      Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a 100 percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring.

    2. Larry Page's damaged vocal cords: Treatment comes with trade-offs
    3. Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts
    4. CDC: 2012 was deadliest year for West Nile in US
    5. What stresses moms most? Themselves, survey says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drinking — especially binge drinking — can damage fetal brain development.

The CDC numbers are from national telephone surveys that included 14,000 pregnant women. They were asked whether they drank alcohol the previous month and how much.

Of those who said they drank, nearly 1 in 5 said they went on at least one binge — downing four or more drinks. Pregnant women ages 35 to 44 were the biggest drinkers.

The good news: Binge drinking among pregnant women is down slightly since a similar study was done in the early 2000s.

The survey results from 2006 through 2010 were released Thursday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments