Pregnancy Woes: Is Occasional Drinking Safe?

As of this day, there are still few studies and evidence proving that moderate alcohol consumption is acceptable during pregnancy. In fact, researchers still don’t have a clear stance on this issue. Consequently, there is always that belief and possibility that alcohol can cause harmful effects no matter how occasional your consumption may be.


Sacrificing the habit


Alcohol is one of the main ingredients for socializing or hanging out with your friends. However, upon realization of pregnancy, it is also one of the things that have got to go. Doctors advise against it that cessation of alcohol intake is mandatory.

But sometimes, you just can’t help but feel this craving especially if you were used to that particular lifestyle. Not being able to take even a sip can make soon-to-be moms feel left out. This is one of the significant adjustments that you need to partake once you’re pregnant.

The reality

No matter how many times it’s been said, there are still some pregnant women who are persistent. They tend to wonder if it’s alright to drink just one glass of wine. Would that still endanger the health and growth and development of their unborn child?

The answer is…there is a high probability.

While there have been studies that ventured into this inquiry, that fact still stands: alcohol per se, is bad for pregnancy; even if it’s just a seemingly harmless glass of wine. While it appears that there might be a potential for future studies to release some good news about alcohol, at an acceptable amount, would be safe for pregnancy, medical experts are not counting on it.

Research concerning this issue remained firm in associating alcohol consumption during pregnancy to behavioral and physical issues of the baby, low birth weight, premature delivery, miscarriage, and stillbirth. These conditions are collectively referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FADs).

Understanding the harmful effects of alcohol

Even in small doses, alcohol consumed is alcohol absorbed by the baby.

The moment an expectant mother drinks alcohol within the course of her pregnancy, the alcohol that she consumed will instantaneously cross into the placenta and will go further to the umbilical cord which will be subsequently passed to the baby. Though the effects are different with every pregnancy, the fact that alcohol is absorbed by the baby’s organs, especially the brain, should be a cause for worry.

And even if some of the physical manifestations may not be apparent during childbirth, it is said to manifest as the child grows. Some of these manifestations are speech and hearing impairment, short attention span, and hyperactivity.

How to deal with cravings


Now that it is established that alcohol, no matter how minimal the dose is, can directly influence your baby’s growth.

Thankfully, there are healthier ways to cope with these occasional cravings. Choose an alternative. If you’re just dying to sip that bubbly champagne, you can opt for a club soda mixed with your favorite syrup or fruit juice.

Support systems

If cutting down on your drink is difficult, there are support services that you can turn to for counseling. Talking to a medical professional on how to cope with alcohol craving is the best that you can do for you and your baby.


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