Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy? Watch Out!

Known to be extremely bad for health, and even worst for pregnant mothers, drinking alcohol during pregnancy can hold a host of health hazards for both mother and the baby. Awareness is important, and on this World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome day, it’s high time to realize the risk factors associated with it and get rid of this habit before it’s too late. Read on...

Stillbirth

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is known to exceptionally increase the risk of stillbirths among individuals. Various scientific studies have shown that the risk is higher among women who continue to binge drink during this phase and especially in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. So, it is highly recommended to cut off drinking completely during the entire gestational period.

Depression in Children

Research suggests that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can potentially increase the chances of the kid becoming depressed and anxious in later years of life. Other than this, alcohol can also make the baby far more prone to experience aches and pains, and can also trigger the development of other behavioral issues as well.

Low birth weight infants

Low birth weight and preterm births can make your child susceptible to various infections and diseases. And if this is something you want to avoid, cutting of alcohol during pregnancy is the first thing you must do. In a scientific research, it was found that this risk can be increased up to 23% among drinking mothers than the nondrinkers.

Epilepsy

According to the researchers at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, it is said that women who continue to drink in high amounts during pregnancy, can highly expose their baby to the risk of epilepsy and debilitating seizures. Other than the kid, alcohol can put the mother at risk of developing it too.

Placental Problems May Arise

Consumption of even moderate amounts of alcohol, particularly in the first trimester can damage the placenta and can cause growth and development problems in infants. Upon conducting several laboratory tests, it was found by experts that even moderate drinking could reduce or deter cell growth within the placenta. Research further goes on to suggest that women who wish to conceive should also stop drinking immediately. This is because the damage caused by alcohol tends to happen very early on in a pregnancy – that too even when the woman is not even pregnant.