Alcohol and Pregnancy – How Much is too Much?
How much alcohol is safe during pregnancy? The safest answer is ZERO. The fact is that alcohol and pregnancy don’t go together and just one small drink could cause serious harm. Is it worth the risk?
Why Choose No Alcohol During Pregnancy?
It is widely accepted that heavy drinking will harm an unborn child, but there is still much debate on the effects of occasional light drinking. Like marijuana use during pregnancy, it is a difficult subject for scientists to research because it would be unethical to give a substance that might be harmful to an unborn baby.
Surely you can have just one small glass of wine on New Year’s Eve? Unfortunately, too little is known about the possible effects of small amounts of alcohol. Most doctors advise women not to drink at all if they’re pregnant, or there’s a chance they might be pregnant. If you do decide to drink alcohol during pregnancy, limit it to just one unit no more than once a week. You have to make a decision that’s right for you, but our advice is to avoid alcohol altogether. It’s only nine months of your life, after all!
The Possible Effects of Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy:
Anything which you consume is absorbed into your blood stream and has the potential to cross the placenta to your baby. Some of the known effects of alcohol in pregnancy include:
- Premature Birth
- Low Birth Weight
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
What if You Drank Alcohol Early in Pregnancy (Before You knew You were Expecting)?
It does happen. And you can’t beat yourself up about consuming alcohol in early pregnancy if the pregnancy is a surprise! If you are feeling worried or anxious, talk to your medical professionals
Most doctors advise couples who are planning to become pregnant to cease drinking at least three months early. Yes, both partners – alcohol consumption in men can lower the sperm count and make it harder to become pregnant. The beauty of this advice is that you remove the risk of unknowingly drinking alcohol during early pregnancy.
Fun Alternatives to Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy:
- Pour some blackcurrant or grape juice into a fancy glass and toast that special occasion.
- Make up a fun fruit MOCKtail with lots of strawberries and other fresh fruits.
- Add a twist of lemon or lime and some fresh mint to a glass of pure, fresh water and sip it through a straw.
Who needs alcohol? You’re growing a new life!
If you need help to stop alcohol use in pregnancy, speak to your midwife or doctor. They are not there to judge and, just like you, want the best for you and your baby. They’ll help you get the support you need.
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