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Pregnant and drinking alcohol

  1. Pregnant and drinking alcohol, is that possible? Alcohol is often consumed in the form of beer, wine or other strong drinks. Women react very differently to alcohol physically than men. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is not without its dangers: alcohol reaches the baby through the placenta. How could this harm the baby?

Can you drink alcohol during pregnancy?

  1. Nobody forbids you from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It is your own body that you have control over. It is important to know that a new life grows in you, which depends on what you eat, drink, smoke, etc. Legally speaking, you are allowed to drink alcohol during pregnancy. In a number of cases, however, the government can intervene. This occurs in pregnant women who drink excessive amounts of alcohol and who are concerned about the baby. It often concerns alcohol addicts who have previously had a child removed from their home or where there is a suspicion that the woman cannot offer the child a safe environment. Initially, an attempt will be made to provide voluntary assistance to both. If the woman does not cooperate, forced assistance will be applied. The judge can pronounce an OTS from three months before the birth.

How much alcohol is harmful to the baby?

  1. It has been known for some time that alcohol is harmful to the baby. The placenta does not stop the alcohol, which means that alcohol also reaches the baby directly. Alcohol consumption by the mother can cause a number of birth defects in the baby. In addition, alcohol causes a lower birth weight and can cause premature birth. Deviations already occur with one glass of alcohol per day, but this differs per woman. Women who drink almost no alcohol but drink a large amount of alcohol in one sitting during an evening, have an equally high risk of having a child with anomalies.

Premature birth and miscarriage

  1. Alcohol can cause premature birth, but also miscarriage. Less than one glass of alcohol per day can increase the risk of miscarriage. Premature birth also often occurs with less than one glass per day. Women who drink a lot of alcohol during a young pregnancy without knowing they are pregnant often worry as a result. This is right, because the risk of miscarriage is increased. Logically, alcohol is harmful to the fetus. Especially during the first three months, development goes at breakneck speed. Any error or disturbance that then occurs can result in a miscarriage. Women who want to become pregnant should therefore better not drink alcohol at all. Incidentally, alcohol is only harmful from two weeks after fertilization.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

  1. By the fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is meant those children who have some symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome, but not all. The mother drank alcohol during pregnancy, but less than other women. The alcohol was enough to cause a number of birth defects. On average 1 in 450 children has a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Fetal alcohol syndrome

  1. Fetal alcohol syndrome occurs in 1 in 1000 children. This is because the mother drank more than one glass of alcohol per day during pregnancy. The following symptoms indicate fetal alcohol syndrome:

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