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What to Expect if You Drink Alcohol While Pregnant

December 3, 2012
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It is a common known fact that mothers should not drink alcohol while they are pregnant. But not everyone is exactly certain as to why. Studies have shown that mothers who drink alcohol while pregnant increase the risk of their babies being born with microcephaly as well as Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

Microcephaly is a neurodevelopmental disorder where the baby’s head is considerably smaller than it should be. This can potentially cause poor brain growth, abnormal brain function and a shortened life span.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is characterized by “a pattern of minor facial anomalies, prenatal and postnatal growth retardation, and functional or structural central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities. The consequences are lifelong, and the behavioral and learning difficulties are often greater than the degree of neurocognitive impairment.”

In addition, babies of mother who drink alcohol can also have reduced birth length and weight. Low birth weights have been linked to “raised blood pressure in adult life.”

Needless to say, drinking alcohol while pregnant places babies in considerable danger of life damaging as well as life threatening consequences.

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