Alcohol during pregnancy: Is it okay?

Alcohol during pregnancy

Drinking during pregnancy is a big NO! Seriously - pregnancy and alcohol don't mix. The exact harmful effects that even the smallest amount of alcohol has on a developing baby have NOT been studied and with good reason. When you drink alcohol, it travels rapidly through your bloodstream, can cross over into the placenta, and will reach your baby. Your baby cannot digest alcohol like you and so will end up with a higher blood alcohol level than you.

Harmful effects of drinking during pregnancy

Drinking is dangerous to your growing baby in numerous ways: It multiplies the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. You may have heard that ONE drink in a day not so regularly is totally fine. But research has shown that as little as one drink a day can raise the chances of having a baby with low birth weight, and also increase your child's possibility for having problems speech, learning, attention span, language and hyperactivity problems.

"Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders" (FASD) is the broad group of alcohol-induced foetal problems from alcohol exposure before birth. The most severe of these is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) - a condition that lasts all life, and is characterized by poor growth, abnormal facial features, and even irreparable damage to the central nervous system.

Babies with FAS could also have disproportionately small heads and brains, and other vital organs like heart, spine, and other anatomical defects. Damages to the central nervous system could include intellectual and physical disabilities, vision and hearing problems, and a variety of behavioral problems.

Fetal exposure to alcohol is considered one of the main preventable birth defects in the world. So, listen up ladies, it’s so totally not worth it. Put that glass down and give your baby a chance for a normal life.