Pregnancy and drinking don’t mix

If you are pregnant and are thinking of having a drink or two with the hubby or friends. We would recommend against it. Though different studies and doctors have different views about this, the exact effects of drinking on a developing baby are unknown. We say, better be safe than sorry. Here are some ways drinking during pregnancy can affect your child:

o 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, baby may end up with higher levels of blood alcohol than you have.

o As little as one drink a day can raise the odds for having a baby with a low birth weight and raise your child’s risk for having problems with learning, speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity.

o It increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

o Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a lifelong condition characterized by poor growth (in the womb, after birth, or both), abnormal facial features, and damage to the central nervous system can be caused by drinking during pregnancy. 7 or more drinks in a week can greatly increase the chances of your baby suffering from FAS.

The bottom line is, just say no to alcohol when you are pregnant.

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