One may want to take in alcohol for a lot of reasons : to boost his/her appetite, to relieve emotional or psychological stress. However, the question is, ‘is drinking alcohol during pregnancy medically advisable?’
Research has proven widely that a baby is likely to get Fetal alcohol syndrome when alcohol is taken during pregnancy.A research published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism establishes that ‘Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have numerous adverse health consequences for the developing fetus, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and alcohol-related effects, and therefore is a significant public health problem’.
UC San Diego News Center published that ‘researchers at the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a statewide non-profit organization based at the University of California, San Diego, have found new links between the timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and certain characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).These findings show that drinking alcohol between week seven and 12 of pregnancy are clearly associated with a risk for FAS facial features, as well as a decrease in birth weight and length…However, this should not be misinterpreted to mean that drinking during weeks 1 through 7 is safe’.
FAS is a condition that is characterized by damage of the central nervous system, hyperactivity and poor coordination.One may want to ask, ‘can I take in just 30mls (‘one tot’) of alcohol within a week?’ Interestingly, no amount of alcohol has been prescribed for pregnant women yet. It is basically assumed that when the smallest amount of alcohol is drunk during pregnancy, not only the mother drinks it, but also the unborn baby. Can you imagine feeding even a day old baby with 30mls of alcohol?
As much as possible, avoid alcohol during pregnancy in order to give birth to a Fetal-alcohol-syndrome-free baby.