When you are pregnant or nursing, everything that you do, or do not do, has a profound affect on your baby. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your baby is affected. If you aren’t getting enough exercise, your baby is affected. Can alcohol harm your baby during pregnancy?
Alcohol and Pregnancy
When you are pregnant, anything that you consume is being passed to your baby, and this includes alcohol. If you use drugs or smoke cigarettes, your baby is being affected. If you eat healthy, and avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, your baby will be healthier.
When you drink, if you are pregnant, the alcohol passes through your body, to the placenta, and directly to your baby. Your baby may as well be curled up in the uterus with a bottle of whatever it is that you are drinking.
The Dangers of Alcohol to Your Baby
If you drink when you are pregnant, and you continue to do so throughout your pregnancy, your baby could be born an alcoholic. This is a condition known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This means that your baby is addicted to alcohol right now – not when he becomes an adult, although the risks of alcoholism as an adult are greater, even if the baby doesn’t have FASD.
Additionally, your baby could be born with one or more of a multitude of birth defects, and these are irreversible problems that will have life long effects on your child.
A Little Goes a Long Way!
Even just drinking a little alcohol now and then while you are pregnant can have long lasting or life long effects on your baby. The child could have mental defects, physical defects, or both. Not knowing that you were pregnant does not reduce the risks of damage to your child if you drink. For this reason, if you even suspect that pregnancy is possible, simply do not drink any alcohol until you are 100% sure that you are not pregnant.
If you have a problem with alcohol, and you learn that you are pregnant, talk with a doctor immediately about your addiction, in an effort to protect your baby from the effects of alcohol, and to get help for your problem as well. Remember that we have no idea how much alcohol it takes to cause problems for your baby – and for some, even a little alcohol can be detrimental.