Effects of Alcohol on the Developing Fetus

There are so many lifestyle and dietary adjustments that you are required to make once you have announced your pregnancy. Making these changes is required for the healthy development of your baby as well as for your good health and well being. Whatever you eat or drink is also consumed by your baby. And this is why you are advised to live a healthy life and eat healthy foods.

And one of the changes that you must make is cessation of drinking. Drinking during pregnancy is considered a dreadful act. As such, drinking in excess can lead to so many ill effects on your health. You can best imagine what effects alcohol can have on the little sensitive life just beginning to take shape inside your womb. The effects of alcohol on pregnancy are well documented. Although you are not always the victim for consuming alcohol, it is your baby’s health which is put at great risks. And if baby is born with congenital defects, it is you who should take the blame.

Now, let’s discuss briefly what the possible effects of drinking during pregnancy are. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is one of the disorders attributed to consumption of alcohol. It covers an array of damages in children which can be related to drinking during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is again a common alcohol induced disorder. One baby out of eleven thousand births in the US is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Delayed development, vision and hearing impairment, mental retardation, heart defects, low birth weight are can all be related to this syndrome.

Now you may ask if mild to moderate drinking during pregnancy is acceptable. Well, there is no documented fact to prove that drinking less during pregnancy does not cause any harm to the fetus. Whether you drink heavily or lightly does not matter. You should immediately quite drinking once you come to know that you are pregnant.

Some women find it difficult to quit alcohol consumption even after knowing that they have conceived. So it is advisable that you delay your plans of getting pregnant until you are sure you have come of this habit.