Alcohol has become a major part of society now and part of many social situations. Whilst you’re pregnant, avoiding social situations where alcohol is being drunk can be difficult but there are many dangers associated with alcohol consumption whilst pregnant.
When you drink alcohol, it passes to the baby from your blood. The babies liver is one of the organs to develop last, so the baby cannot process the alcohol as easily as you, which means it is exposed to the toxic alcohol for longer.
This can cause many problems such as Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS can be a serious condition causing restricted growth, facial abnormalities, learning and behavioural difficulties in the babies’ future life. If alcohol is consumed regularly whilst pregnant, the risk of you having a spontaneous miscarriage significantly increases, along with the risks of organ and nerve damage to the baby as early as the first 6 months of pregnancy.
Research also shows that alcohol can induce premature births and cause low birth weights in full term babies, which can lead to kidney and breathing problems in the future.
It is advisable that you do not drink any alcohol at all during pregnancy, but if you are going to drink, the NHS advises no more than 2 units per week and never to get drunk.
1 unit = 25ml of a spirit e.g. Vodka or half a pint of lager.
2 units = A pint of regular lager or 175ml glass of wine.