Pregnancy and Alcoholic Beverages Dont

Your blood passes through every organ in your body, through the placenta, and into the circulatory system of your unborn baby. Your baby will be exposed to any alcohol or drugs in your blood.

Even at moderate levels (one drink a day), women who regularly consume alcohol during pregnancy may increase their risk for miscarriage or delivering low-birthweight babies. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is associated with excessive drinking. Infants with FAS may be born with birth defects: retarded growth, mental impairment, or physical malformations.

If you're trying to conceive or you're already pregnant, health experts advise to avoid beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages completely. A safe level for alcohol intake during pregnancy is unknown. Health experts don't know if babies differ in their sensitivity to alcohol. As a reminder, alcoholic beverages carry a label warning about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and its relation to birth defects.

GOVERNMENT WARNING:

  • 1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, perhaps a larger size. Avoid tight clothes, tight stockings, tight-fitting rings, and anything else that restricts circulation.

Excessive swelling may signal pre-eclampsia, or toxemia. Other signs include high blood pressure, a sudden weight gain, headaches, and abdominal pain. Advise your doctor right away if you develop these symptoms. Untreated, pre-eclampsia can be dangerous later in pregnancy, even life-threatening for mother and baby. Pre-eclampsia is linked to low calcium and low protein intake during pregnancy.

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