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.
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.