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Alcohol And Pregnancy

Can You Drink Alcohol While Pregnant?

Many experts share a difference of opinion about drinking during pregnancy. Many women try not to take the unnecessary risk of exposing your unborn to harmful effects of consuming alcohol. 

Drinking alcohol when you’re pregnant can be very harmful to your baby. It can lead your baby to have a range of lifelong health conditions. 

There is no absolute safe amount of alcohol that a woman can drink during pregnancy. Alcohol is entered in the FDA pregnancy category D.

Does Drinking Alcohol Reduce The Chances of Getting Pregnant

No, drinking alcohol does not reduce the chances of getting pregnant. However, heavy drinking affects fertility, increasing the lengths of time it takes to get pregnant. 

It also reduces the changes of having a healthy baby.

When Does Alcohol affect Most In Pregnancy?

Many experts claim alcohol is most harmful in the beginning stages of the first trimester. It can also lead to harmful effects on the baby brain and developing organs during later stages of pregnancy.

Why Is Alcohol Considered More Harmful In Early Pregnancy?

No amount of alcohol is considered safe to consume during pregnancy. However, during the first trimester can have more harmful effects than alcohol during later in the pregnancy.

Any alcohol consumption during the first 12 weeks increases the risk of birth defects.

How Does Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy Affect The Baby?

Alcohol and pregnancy does not combine together. Alcohol is toxic to your unborn baby. The baby has not developed his liver completely.

When you drink alcohol, it enters the bloodstream then enters the placenta. The baby will not be able to break down the alcohol causing some serious cell damage. 

Cooking With Alcohol In Pregnancy?

If you’re to add a little of wine on your occasional recipes, it should not have any harmful effects on your baby since it usually gets burnt off when cooking.

What Are The Effects of Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. They are classified in the following category:

  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD)
  • Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND)
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Partial FAS

Physical Effects:

  • Abnormal facial features
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Organ defects
  • Low birth weight
  • Growth retardation
  • Central nervous system (CNS) damage
  • Small head size

Mental Effects: 

  • Poor social skills
  • Lack of coordination
  • Mental retardation
  • ADHD
  • Language delays
  • Speech problems
  • Short attention span
  • Learning difficulties
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Stillbirth
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature labor
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy

How Much Alcohol Is safe During Pregnancy?

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, preterm birth, stillbirth and birth defects. No amount of alcohol is considered safe to consume during pregnancy.

Can Pregnant Women Drink Wine?

There is a lot of debate over the topic of drinking wine in pregnancy. Despite all the expert opinions whether is safe or not. Many doctors will highly suggest avoiding all alcohol during pregnancy.

How Much Alcohol Has Been Proved Harmful In Pregnancy?

It has been proven by scientist that consuming over 6-7 units in a week of alcohol increase the risks of FASD.

Can Alcohol Affect A Home Pregnancy Test?

A home pregnancy test checks if your pregnant based on human chorionic gonadotrophin levels in your urine. No, alcohol does not affect a home pregnancy test.  

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