Is it safe to drink alcohol when pregnant? Are you pregnant? If yes, have you questioned yourselves if it is safe to drink during your pregnancy, if you are pregnant? Well, the answer that would come from any health care practitioner would be ‘No’, you should not be drinking during your pregnancy. Its not exactly measured as to how much alcohol is safe for you to have during pregnancy, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you’re expecting. Drinking during pregnancy can do long-term harm to the baby and the more you drink, the more you will be risking the baby to be born with health issues.
Do you know what alcohol can do to your body and especially to the unborn? The alcohol is passed on to the baby’s system from your bloodto your baby’s system through the placenta. A baby’s liver is one of the largest organs of a human body to develop and it doesn’t mature until the later stages of pregnancy. Your baby will not be able to digest and process alcohol the same way as you do and too much intake of alcohol can seriously affect the baby’s development. Most importantly, alcohol intake during the first 3 months of pregnancy has a high rate to having a miscarriage, premature birth and your baby might have a very low birth weight which could prove fatal also.
As already pointed out earlier, the risks are greater the more you drink. These risks include learning difficulties and behavioural problems in later stages your child. If you drink heavily throughout your pregnancy, it can cause your baby to develop a serious condition called foetal alcohol syndrome and children born with this condition have poor growth, facial abnormalities, learning and behavioural problems and could also lead to many complications later in the child.
There might be good news to you, for giving up alcohol for your duration of your pregnancy as for many women may go off the taste of alcohol early in pregnancy and it might not be as difficult as you think to avoid alcohol completely for just 9 months of your pregnancy. Some people believe that its okay to drink late in pregnancy as the unborn baby is nearly completely formed and should not affect as much as the delivery date is nearing anway. But its important to learn that the baby’s brain and other body systems are still too immature to be exposed to any amounts of alcohol.
You should not allow your partner to drink either when you are pregnant especially if your partner is a heavy drinker. This could lead to severe mental, physical and/orintellectual issues to the child after it is born. Alcohol negatively affects sperm health and as it fertilizes the egg, it introduces the effects of alcohol to the newly fertilized embryo. This could result in still birth in many cases. The after effects of birth could be very damaging as well. Your child may be born with small head, could be shorter than its peers, could have low weight or it could be born with smooth ridge between nose and upper lip. So, to avoid all health issues your baby might be facing after birth, its very important for both parents to take care of it right from the time of conception.