Alcohol and Pregnency

~Sebastian Wallen

Birth Defects Caused by Drinking Alcohol During Pregnant

Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix. Many birth defects are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. These defects include:
  • Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)
  • Small head size
  • Shorter-than-average height
  • Low body weight
  • Poor coordination
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Difficulty with attention
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty in school (especially with math)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language delays
  • Intellectual disability or low IQ
  • Poor reasoning and judgment skills
  • Sleep and sucking problems as a baby
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Problems with the heart, kidney, or bones
Drinking while pregnant can cause premature birth which means that the child is born before thirty seven weeks into pregnancy. It also causes miscarriages and still birth. The child may also have a chance of having brain damage and and problems with growth and development.

Things to think about during pregnancy

There is no amount of alcohol that has been proven as a safe amount.There are many risks taken when you drink while pregnant or thinking about even becoming pregnant. It is also hard to predict the impact drinking may have on the child because some women have higher levels of enzymes that break down the alcohol. The best thing some one can do when pregnant or even thinking about becoming pregnant is to stop drinking altogether

How to stop

It is possible to stop drinking during pregnancy and give your child a better chance of survival but you need to start by taking the first step. Admitting that you have a problem is very difficult but also puts you on the track for a better tomorrow. The second step is to tell some one, tell some one you can trust, there are also places that can help you. Make changes to your life , consider some changes you can make and maybe think about joining a support group so that way you don't fall back into drinking.