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Is It Safe to Drink During Pregnancy?

Most women are asking if they can have an occasional drink while pregnant, although every woman would do anything to be sure that their baby will be fine. The answer is no, alcohol is no good in pregnancy. Not even a glass of wine, because every drop of alcohol gets into the bloodstream of the mother, getting to the baby, and it affects its development.

When a woman decides she wants to have a baby, there are some sacrifices that have to be made. This is one of them, and it shouldn’t be such a problem if the woman isn’t drinking too much. It was proven that heavy alcohol drinking, meaning five or more drinks on one occasion, during early pregnancy, will cause several problems to the baby. Still, moderate drinking can also cause problems. The problem that appears from heavy drinking while pregnant is called fetal alcohol syndrome. It is a combination of physical and mental birth defects, such as brain damages, growth defects or deformities of the baby’s face. The defects may occur in the baby’s heart, liver or kidneys, and he may also develop some vision and hearing problems. Children with this syndrome have difficulties in attention, memory, learning, and problem-solving.

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Moderate alcohol drinking also causes a problem, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. This disorder involves physical, mental, behavioral and learning problems. This fetal alcohol spectrum disorder includes different problems, such as alcohol-related neural developmental disorder, manifesting as functional or cognitive impairments, alcohol-related birth defects that may appear on heart, kidneys, skeleton or any other organ malformations and fetal alcohol effects, describing several other conditions.

The conclusion is that no type or quantity of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, and it is not worth the risk of having a drink when you can have a baby with these kinds of problems.

Resources: http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/pregnancy_and_alcohol.htm

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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.

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