Alcohol and Pregnancy

Current research has proven that alcohol has a toxic effect on the develop fetus. If you drink during pregnancy, the alcohol quickly crosses the place and saturates the fetal blood supply in the same concentration that is pres. in your blood. According to a report to the U.S. Congress, prenatal also exposure is a leading cause of mental retardation in the Western world.

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute links consumption of alcohol during the last 6 months of pregnancy infant leukemia, a rare disease. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends further studies to verify this finding.

Babies born to women who are heavy drinkers have a 50-percent chance of having fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). This syndrome includes mental retardation, slowed body growth before and after birth, learning difficulties, low IQs, and physical abnormalities. Less severe symptoms, known collectives as fetal alcohol effect (FAE), are associated with behavioral and mental problems, poor physical coordination, short attention span, and hyperactivity.

There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption for a pregnant woman. Even two drinks a day may cause a lowered birth weight in babies. Be sure to avoid any type of drinking binge during pregnancy or if you just suspect you pregnant. One big party is not worth the risk to your baby. You would be best to give up drinking alcoholic beverages completely while pregnant.