Drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy
How much alcohol is too much during pregnancy?

Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix. No one knows exactly what potential harmful effects even the smallest amount of alcohol can have on a developing baby.

Experts at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as other public health officials in the United States recommend that pregnant women (and women who are trying to conceive) play it safe by not drinking alcohol in any amount.

In recent years, some studies have made headlines with findings that low to moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may not significantly harm children. For example, in 2012 Danish researchers released highly publicized studies that found no major problems among children younger than 5 whose mothers had anywhere from one to eight alcoholic drinks a week.

Despite these results, the studies’ authors still advised that pregnant women should completely abstain from alcohol. Why? Because there is no known “safe” amount of alcohol during pregnancy.

What effects could alcohol have on my baby?

When you drink, the alcohol quickly travels through your bloodstream, crosses the placenta, and reaches your baby. Your baby breaks down alcohol more slowly than you do, so she may end up with a higher level of blood alcohol.

Drinking endangers your growing baby in a number of ways: It increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. As little as one drink a day can raise the odds of miscarrying or having a baby with a low birth weight, and raise your child’s risk of problems with learning, speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity.

Source: babycentre

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