Pregnant? These New Alcohol Guidelines Could Affect You

Sophie Miura

Drinking during pregnancy has been linked to serious issues for babies, such as brain damage and fetal alcohol syndrome, but New York City's Commission on Human Rights has just ruled that it's a mother's choice, and that banning pregnant women from drinking isn't enforceable by law.

According to USA Today, newly released guidelines stipulate that NYC bartenders cannot refuse to serve alcohol to pregnant women. The same rule applies to restaurants and clubs that prevent women from ordering raw fish or entering a drinking venue. "Using safety as a pretext for discrimination or as a way to reinforce traditional gender norms or stereotypes is unlawful," the report reads.

While the particulars of drinking when you're expecting are still very much a gray area, the latest guidelines suggest you should abstain for the first three months. The Royal Collage of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that drinking a small amount—roughly one glass of wine per week—"does not appear to be harmful for the unborn baby." 

The new rule also extends beyond the bar. The guidelines cover how employers must treat pregnant staff members and bans landlords from denying housing applications from couples who are expecting. It's a welcome step closer to protecting the rights of moms-to-be.

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