Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix. No one knows exactly what potential harmful effects even the smallest amount of alcohol can have on a developing baby. In recent years, some studies have made headlines with findings that low to moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may not significantly harm children. For example, in Danish researchers released highly publicized studies that found no major problems among children younger than 5 whose mothers had anywhere from one to eight alcoholic drinks a week.
Drinking Wine While Pregnant – Safety, Benefits & Risks
Do You Need to Stop Drinking When Trying to Conceive?
Trying to having a baby? You might want to hold off on that evening cocktail -- even if you're not sure whether you're pregnant yet. While we all know that drinking during pregnancy can inflict long-lasting damage on a baby, the effect of alcohol on a developing embryo before a woman knows she's pregnant has been less studied. Now, provocative new research on mice suggests that a mother's drinking -- even in the first three weeks of pregnancy -- may create changes in the genes of the embryo that can cause permanent damage. In light of the findings, the researchers suggest that women would be wise to cut back on drinking, or avoid alcohol altogether, as soon as they make the decision to get pregnant. However, it's too early to say how much alcohol consumption it would take to harm a human fetus during early pregnancy, and more research is needed in order to provide specific guidelines.
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Is it okay to enjoy an occasional glass, or should you stay away from it altogether? Research studies have produced results that support both sides of the issue, which confuses matters even more. Medical professionals advise against drinking wine and other types of alcohol while pregnant because of the risk of its harmful effects on the developing fetus. One of the biggest concerns is fetal alcohol syndrome, which is associated with low birth weight, vision and hearing problems, cognition problems, behavioral issues and problems with sleeping and eating.
You will hear people say different opinions when you ask about drinking wine while pregnant. Some say it is okay to sip a little champagne occasionally during your pregnancy, while others say you should avoid it at all cost. You may even meet a woman who says she indulged in the occasional small glass of merlot while she was pregnant and her child was completely healthy. Still, it feels you're taking an unnecessary risk by combining drinking and pregnancy together.