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Survey: 1 in 13 pregnant women admit to drinking

According to a recent CDC survey, 1 in

According to a recent CDC survey, 1 in 13 pregnant women admit to drinking. (July 19, 2012) Credit: iStock

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol.

According to the AP, 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 a least one binge, downing four or more drinks. Pregnant women ages 35 to 44 were the biggest drinkers. The survey results from 2006 through 2010.

There are many do's and don'ts when you're pregnant. On the top of the don't list: doing drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking. I've never smoked so that was a nonissue and it never crossed my mind to drink while pregnant. I wanted to do everything I could to protect my little one — even before she was born.

While drugs, cigarettes and alcohol top the list of pregnancy no-nos, there are other things you should avoid or limit: Cold cuts, caffeine, sushi, fish with mercury, soft cheeses, hot tubs, hair bleaching, just to name a few.

I will admit, when I began my third trimester, I craved a cold cut sandwich. I talked to my doctor and she said it was fine in moderation as long as I buy it at a reputable place. Diet Coke is one of my vices and I cut it out completely until I was farther along in my pregnancy. For me, avoiding certain things for nine months was more important than giving into my cravings.

What did you avoid during pregnancy and what couldn't you wait to indulge in after delivering?

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