DRS femme1 480x400DRS femme1 480x400



DrugRehab PotBanner

PotBanner narrow

Drinking And Pregnancy Do Not Mix

Drinking alcohol has been found to increase health risks. As adults, we make our own decisions regarding this, and we have to live with whatever consequences come from it. Someone who did not make that decision, someone who is truly a victim when it comes to alcohol intake, is the fetus. An unborn child does not belly up to the bar and ask for a beer. He or she does not ask for a rum and coke, heavy on the rum. Okay, you ask, what about just a little drinking during pregnancy? Let's see, would you give a newborn a bottle filled with alcohol? That's what you are doing.

If you are pregnant, you need to take responsibility for your actions. Everything that goes into your body goes into that innocent, unborn child, including drugs and alcohol. A fetus could be miscarried and if not, it could almost definitely be born with birth defects and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The range of birth defects caused by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can be minor to major and are nearly always long term.

DRS femme2

DRS femme2

Mild or severe retardation, emotional issues, the inability to bond and communicate with other children their age, all can and do happen to a child who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome because Mommy cared more about drinking than about the baby. This sounds admittedly harsh, but drinking is intentionally harming a child in this writer's opinion.

Physical problems such as heart disease and kidney problems, stomach ailments and altered physical features such as the eyes and ears along with weight and height are affected negatively by an alcoholic woman drinking during her pregnancy.

Okay, now do not panic if you had a drink and a week later found out you were pregnant and stopped all consumption of alcohol from that moment on. Alcohol affects the brain and organs during the development of these in the fetus, but they take a few weeks before this development starts. If you miss a period or show other signs of pregnancy, do the right thing and halt any drinking until you find out for sure if you are pregnant or not.

Behavioral problems, physical and mental problems are irreversible in nearly all children born with alcohol-related birth defects. Do the right thing by your unborn child and prevent such problems by disciplining yourself. When you hold that precious bundle in your arms, you will be so glad you did.


marcel gemme author

Marcel Gemme

More Info

Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

alcohol booklet

Get more facts and find out the truth about Alcohol

Meet an Expert

Sylvain Fournier

Sylvain Fournier | Bio

Across Canada, there are many different treatment options to choose from, private, government-funded, inpatient, and outpatient. See More