Are you pregnant and not sure whether to occasionally hold on to that glass or not?
Allow me to indulge you –
While some doctors recommended that you keep off alcohol entirely, others say that taking it on occasion is unlikely to harm the baby.
But is it?
Chances are your friend have different opinions on this too – depending on their personal experiences.
Those who indulged and their babies turned out fine, may tell you a few occasional sips are just okay while the other lot are against this unnecessary risk.
Here is what you need to know –
Heavy intake of alcohol during pregnancy can result in birth defects.
The potential effects of small amounts of alcohol on a developing baby, though, are not well understood.
When deciding whether to take alcohol sparingly or to completely keep off, here is what you should do when expectant.
What is the limit?
The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that no amount has been proven to be safe
Researchers have little information about the potential effects of taking alcohol at any stages of your pregnancy to be able to say that any time is safe.
It’s also hard to predict the impact of alcohol consumption on any given pregnancy because some women have higher levels of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol.
If your levels of this enzyme are low and you drink, your baby may be more susceptible to harm because the alcohol may circulate in your body for a longer period.
When you drink when pregnant, you risk giving birth to a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
These conditions range from mild to severe and include speech and language delays, learning disabilities, abnormal facial features, small head size, and many other problems.
In the end, it’s up to each mom-to-be, to consult with their doctor and decide if they’ll have the occasional small drink.
If you opt to give up alcohol, you may miss unwinding with a cocktail, but you won’t regret being cautious.