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Pregnancy, drinking still a very bad mix

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

Gwyneth Paltrow was outed for drinking a Guinness while pregnant, but a brand-new study claims she may not have done anything risky. Seems British docs think two glasses of wine a week or the equivalent doesn't add up to developmental problems in kids.

We think they're off-base. A fetus's alcohol tolerance level is unknowable. And we don't know what environmental stressors may switch on genes that pass along vulnerability to alcoholism or learning disabilities. The responsible thing is to say "no" to anything that might cause problems for your baby.

Stress can follow you around when you're pregnant -- your body is going through dramatic changes, and your emotional life may be too. So, if you need to unwind, check out our book "YOU: Having a Baby" (it's at the library), and try these alternative stress-relievers.

1. Make sleep a priority -- and try a pregnancy pillow to help you find a comfortable position.

2. Don't overeat; you need only 100-300 extra calories a day. Putting on excess weight strains your body even more.

3. Eat nutritious foods (nothing with added sugars and sugar syrups, and no red meats); rely on veggies, fruits and lean protein, and take prenatal vitamins (from three months before conception until you're done breastfeeding).

4. Don't stop exercising. Make it appropriate to your health and stage of pregnancy. Walking is always good -- at least 30 minutes daily.

5. Gather friends and family around for support. Lean in, and you'll be able to find the strength to resist that drink for a few more months.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com.

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