No alcohol during pregnancy — ever. That’s the word from U.S. pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message: Don’t do it. Ever. At all. Not even a tiny bit.
No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy.
The group released a report Monday identifying prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects, as well as cognitive problems later in life. Health authorities in nearly every other country also advise pregnant women unequivocally not to drink, according to the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking. The report identifies prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects, as well as cognitive problems later in life.
Read more about it at CNN http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/health/aap-no-alcohol-during-pregnancy/index.html
Across the pond, new research has found that the effects of just one unit of alcohol can stop a fetus breathing and moving for up to two hours. FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) expert Dr. Mary Mather said:
Alcohol can be worse for your baby than taking heroin or cocaine. Of all substances – cannabis, heroin or cigarette smoking – alcohol is the most serious. The impact is worse with alcohol than anything else – both on the baby and the child’s subsequent ability to learn. Alcohol creates more damage to growth, development and learning than Class A drugs. This is based on a huge amount of worldwide research.
Heartbreaking interview on BBC with young woman who suffers from the effects of a mother who drank: