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Health Minister Jillian Skinner has instructed pregnant women to have "zero tolerance" or risk the health of their unborn child. Her blunt warning comes as academics continue to investigate the effects of low-range drinking during pregnancy.
A recent British study found the children of mothers who drank moderately - between three to seven glasses of alcohol per week - had better balance at the age of 10. Ms Skinner said the mixed messages about drinking had created a dilemma for many pregnant women.
Women who do not eat fish during pregnancy are more likely to experience high levels of anxiety at that time, researchers have revealed.
They have found a link between the types of diet eaten, particularly whether this includes fish, and anxiety in pregnancy. The researchers suggest that eating fish during pregnancy could help reduce stress levels.
Study reveals that high street coffee shops could pose a risk to pregnant women due to large variations in caffeine content. Analysis of espresso coffees from 20 shops found one with a caffeine content six times higher than another. Researchers from the University of Glasgow said customers were completely unaware of the caffeine levels in cups of coffee.