We all care for your health and keep you updating about common health issues not only do generate consciousness but help realizing our vision of a healthy society. In tune with the alcohol awareness month we felt the importance of making all the women, who are expecting a baby, aware about not to use alcohol during their pregnancy.
As reported by NIH (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) alcohol has been found as risk factor behind the prevalence of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) among 20 to 50 cases per 1000 birth in USA. One may underestimate the effect of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, but it’s true that regardless of its kind any alcohol can have an inimical effect on your baby.
A community awareness program driven by NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) –Rochester highlighted that the children are much likely to develop a kind of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder if they got exposed to alcohol in mother’s womb. Effects may include physical, mental, behavioral or learning disabilities and other birth defects.
How can it harm your baby?
When you consume alcohol during pregnancy it passes easily to your baby through the placenta and it does not break down quickly in his body like a grown person. So it remains in his blood much longer than his mother and can cause irreversible harm leading to physical and mental abnormalities.
Although there is ongoing debate among the health practitioner regarding this, no amount you can say as safe to consume during pregnancy. Try to abstain from alcohol totally for your own betterment. Research has also proven that occasional drinking can have subtle effect on baby’s mental health leading to weakness in learning, behavioral problem like attention and hyperactive disorders.
If you think yourself as a social drinker and not keen to leave off your habit of drinking beer or wine seldom, it wouldn’t be of much wise for you during pregnancy. Beer, wine and distilled spirits all contain alcohol. So, if you are concerned about your Childs health ,try to stay away from any kind of alcohol.
If you were unaware about pregnancy:
If you were continuously consuming alcohol before knowing that you had conceived, stop using it as soon as you discover. The sooner you quit the lesser chances of harming your baby.
To know more about your health and wellness and a free pregnancy test you are welcome to our primary care clinics. The clinic provides comprehensive routine and preventive health care for infants, children and Adults. Our primary care doctors serve as a resource for information and are staffed by physicians dedicated to helping you stay healthy.