Did you know that when you drink, your baby drinks too? Drinking alcohol in pregnancy is NEVER safe. Do not drink when pregnant, or if trying to conceive. Alcohol can cause problems for a developing baby throughout pregnancy, even before a woman knows she’s pregnant. When a woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby, as the alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord.
All types of alcohol are equally harmful. Because brain growth takes place throughout pregnancy, the sooner a woman stops drinking the safer it will be for her and her baby.
Excessive drinking in pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS presents with abnormal facial features, small head size, shorter-than-average height, low body weight, poor memory, hyperactive behavior, difficulty with attention, difficulty in school (especially with math), speech and language delays, intellectual disability or low IQ. The child can also have alcohol related birth defects with the heart, kidneys or bones
Written by Dr. Theophilus Wangata.