Before RFTS, understanding what contributes to pregnancy well-being or increases risk for adverse outcomes, like miscarriage and preterm birth, was limited to small studies or those in settings that did not represent a typical woman in the United States planning a pregnancy. Most research missed crucial information about the time around conception and the first few weeks of pregnancy.
We are grateful to thousands of women, in eight areas of the country, who enrolled very early in pregnancy–most before their first prenatal visit, or while they were hoping to conceive. Each woman provided details about facets of her life, including personal characteristics, medical history, and daily activities, as well as habits and behaviors, at multiple times. What we have learned results from their generous gift of trust and patience in sharing their stories.
We care about sharing results of our research with both the scientific community and with women who can be reassured or benefit from the contributions of our study volunteers. Reach describes how many journal articles have been published by the researchers, how other scientists note that those publications informed future work, and how much attention the results of the research gain online from sources like media outlets, social accounts, and video links.
Miscarriage Risk Increases Each Week Alcohol is Used in Early Pregnancy
Drinking alcohol around conception and during the first weeks of pregnancy is linked to a greater chance of miscarriage. Possibility of miscarriage increases through the ninth week with each additional week of alcohol use. This amplified chance of pregnancy loss occurs, regardless of whether a woman had fewer than one drink, or more than four, each week. Risk was not related to the type of alcohol a woman usually drank or whether episodes of binge drinking happened in the first 20 weeks. If you could be pregnant and sometimes drink, test early and make a change.
Welcome to the News Vault
We’ve rounded up media coverage and added some of our own summaries about what Right From the Start research means. Print, broadcast, and online news, original scientific articles, and finding groups that share mutual interests give us all better access to information about health around the time of conception and pregnancy health. Staying informed, checking that sources are reliable, and having details to share supports good decisions and can be helpful to discuss with your doctor or midwife.