Is Drinking Alcohol Safe In Pregnancy?

There is no safe period for alcohol use during in the pregnancy. Alcohol can cause problems for the baby throughout pregnancy including before a women known she is pregnant. Alcohol use in the first 3months of pregnancy can cause the baby to have abnormal facial features. 

Drinking alcohol puts your baby at high risk

When you are pregnant the alcohol that you are drinking will passes from the blood to the baby’s blood through the placenta. When you drink alcohol then the unborn baby can get about the same concentration of alcohol in its blood as you do in yours. This can harm the baby’s developing brain and restrict its physical and cognitive growth and development.

Some of the most serious risks of dangerous to the unborn baby to alcohol are:

  • Slowed fetal growth 
  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage (losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy)
  • Stillbirth (a baby being born dead after 24 week of pregnancy)
  • A range of physical, mental, behavioral and learning disabilities that are collectively called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

What is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is range of physical, mental, behavioral and learning disabilities that someone may experience due to fetal alcohol exposure. 

There is currently no information on the level of alcohol consumption that causes FASD, therefore avoiding during pregnancy is recommended as a preventative measure. 

Consuming alcohol will puts pregnant women at risk:

Women who drink during the pregnancy may also put their own health at risk, due to effects such as:

There is no good thing of alcohol during pregnancy:

The reduce health risks from drinking alcohol from the national health and medical research council (NHMRC) says it’s not good or safest not to drink at all:

  • While you are pregnant
  • When you are trying to conceive
  • While you are breastfeeding 

Heavy drinking carries the greater risk to your unborn baby, but even one or two drinks a week may still cause the damage to the baby in the uterus. See the NHMRC guidelines for more advice of drinking and standard drinks in Australia. If you are having trouble reducing or stopping the alcohol consumption, talk to your healthcare professional for advice and support.  

Is it ok for men to drink alcohol when they trying for a baby?

Most of the studies suggest that the quality of sperm is significantly reduced if you drink alcohol regularly. This reduces the chances of a couple lead to development problems for the child in the future, both intellectual and physical. 

Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink or cutting it out altogether 3 months before trying to conceive is recommended. Most studies also recommended that women are less likely to drink during their pregnancies if their partners also abstain. When pregnant women have support from people who around should keep positive thinking and need to avoid alcohol.

What happens if you find out you are pregnant and you have been drinking?

You probably won’t know you are pregnant for up to 4-6 weeks. This means you might be putting dangerous to your baby and alcohol without meaning to. Using the alcohol during pregnancy can also lead to miscarriage and stillbirth. The best advice is to avoid any alcohol use when you are pregnant or start trying to get conceive. 

Can you drink any alcohol while pregnant?

Drinking more amount of alcohol at any period of pregnancy can harm your baby’s developing brain and other organs which is inside the uterus. No amount of alcohol has been proven safe at any time during pregnancy. There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. 

When alcohol is too bad during the pregnancy?

Alcohol is used for appears to be most harmful during the 1st 3months of pregnancy. However, drinking alcohol anytime during pregnancy can be harmful.

Complication seen in the infant may include cerebral palsy, premature delivery, pregnancy loss or stillbirth

What happens if I drink a whole bottle of wine during the pregnancy?

Drinking a lot of alcohol while pregnancy can lead to many kind of defects in the baby known as fetal alcohol syndrome. Symptoms which include: behavior and attention problems, heart defects.

How do I quit drinking while pregnant?

  • Provide alcohol screening and brief counselling to all women
  • Recommend birth control to women who are having sex, not planning to get pregnant and drinking alcohol. 
  • Visit to the hospital getting out from the addictions 
  • Hang out with people who will help to not to drink alcohol. 
  • Avoid risky places and situations such as bars and clubs. At party stay away from the drinks table. 

Does alcohol affect implantation?

Alcohol disturb your hormone levels

Estrogen concentration is suggested to affect how the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus (endometrium), such that an abnormally high level could lower the chance of implantation.

Should my husband need to stop drinking while trying for conceive?

Men’s should not consume the alcohol for at least 6 months before the fertilization while women should stop drinking alcohol one year before and avoid it while pregnant.

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