Alcohol During Pregnancy
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Drinking alcohol during pregnancy has been the topic of hot debate over the years. We all know that alcohol may harm the foetus and potentially complicate the pregnancy, but while some doctors are totally opposed to drinking during pregnancy, others have cautioned that promoting fear is equally dangerous, as some women terminate their pregnancy simply because of the concern that they will harm their unborn child. So, what is the final verdict on drinking alcohol during pregnancy?
What can alcohol do to the foetus?
If a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, it travels through the woman’s blood stream, across the placenta and to the unborn baby. Alcohol has the potential to impair development of all systems of the body, particularly the nervous system. Heavy alcohol use during pregnancy may give rise to a condition known as Fetal Alcohol Disorder. Babies with this condition are born with a small head, unusual facial features, poor cognitive abilities (poor memory and learning disability) and problems with other organs like the heart and kidneys.
What can alcohol do to the pregnancy?
Women who drink during pregnancy are at greater risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Alcohol use during pregnancy may also cause other pregnancy-related complications and diseases in pregnant woman.
Is there a safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy?
The short answer is no. While many medical professionals agree that one or two drinks during pregnancy is unlikely to have any major effects, there is no safe limit for alcohol use during pregnancy. If you unwittingly consumed alcohol before learning you were pregnant, forgive yourself and stop drinking. You can discuss any concerns with your doctor. Avoiding alcohol completely should still be the goal, and women who find it difficult to stop drinking should seek professional help as early as possible.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.