Alcohol During Pregnancy: Complications You Must Know About


Pregnancy comes with happiness and some restrictions you might not like. Yes, you heard that right. From your eating habits to your drinking, everything needs to change. If you love a can of beer or a glass of wine every now and then, you might wonder whether alcohol during pregnancy is safe?

Let’s start with the hard part. If you are pregnant or even thinking about getting pregnant along with PCOS, you need to say NO TO ALCOHOL altogether. Alcohol can affect the baby inside you even before you know you are pregnant. If you are also battling with PCOS, this should be another good reason to avoid alcohol.

PCOS And Alcohol

Women with PCOS and pregnancy often ask this question. Should you take alcohol during your pregnancy? The answer to this is, no it is not. Although moderately consuming specific alcoholic drinks might not be that harmful during PCOS. But when it comes to pregnancy I bet you do not want to risk it. It is not healthy for you or for the baby. Today, we will understand everything regarding the harmful effects of alcohol during pregnancy and PCOS.

Alcohol During Pregnancy: Complications You Must Know About
Alcohol During Pregnancy: Complications You Must Know About

How Does Drinking Alcohol Affect The Baby In The Womb?

When you consume alcohol, it passes from the placenta and umbilical cord to your baby. The placenta grows in the uterus and supplies the baby the required amount of nutrition through the umbilical cord. You need to understand that the baby is developing and alcohol can seriously affect the development of the brain and various other organs. Alcohol is never safe at the time of pregnancy. All types of wines and beers are equally harmful.

Another important question often asked is whether or not alcohol in less quantity safe? But the answer is still NO. Because studies have shown that no amount of alcohol is safe for the baby. This is seconded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Complications Due To Alcohol Consumption

Premature Birth

Premature babies face problems during birth and even later in life. This seriously affects their growth and development.

Birth Defects

These often include hearing issues, vision problems, heart defects, and more.

Low Birth Weight

The baby might be born with weighing less than 5 pounds.

Miscarriage

The death of the baby in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy is known as a miscarriage. Alcohol increases the chances of a miscarriage.

Stillbirth

This term is used when the baby died after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Let’s move further and talk about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a common disorder seen in children due to heavy drinking during pregnancy. This disorder is seen in children whose mothers consumed alcohol during pregnancy. It usually comes with various physical and mental issues suffered by children. Some of the common symptoms of this disorder are:

  • Low IQ
  • Poor memory
  • Abnormal facial attributes
  • Slow learning
  • Less than average height
  • Poor focus 
  • Less than average weight
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Difficulty in coordination
Alcohol During Pregnancy: Complications You Must Know About
Alcohol During Pregnancy: Complications You Must Know About

Although it’s hard and there is no complete treatment of FASDs, medications can help. It’s good to consult a doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms in your baby. There are various types of training available that could help with your child’s mental level. Seek help in case you find him struggling with the issues mentioned above.

Another notable point is that some mothers might drink alcohol and still have a healthy baby, while others might consume it in less amount and end up having a baby suffering from FASDs. Every pregnancy is different, therefore, the end result cannot be specified. But it is best to avoid alcohol during pregnancy and PCOS as the complications can be worse than you can ever imagine. A healthy mother raises a healthy child. Even if you have PCOS, you can still fight for a healthy baby by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.

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