The American Academy of Pediatrics: No Alcohol During Pregnancy

November 17th, 2015

No Alcohol During PregnancyDrinking during pregnancy has long been a debate in the OB/GYN industry. While some professionals say it’s fine to have a glass of wine every once in awhile during your pregnancy, others stress how drinking can negatively affect the growth of your baby.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is finally putting this debate to rest. They are now saying that no amount of alcohol is considered safe to drink during any part of pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol has been identified as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and cognitive problems in babies as they grow up.

The U.S. is not the only country to advise abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy. According to the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, every other country, except for Italy and the United Kingdom, encourage this rule. Health authorities in Italy and the U.K. say that if women choose to drink during their pregnancy, they should limit it to one drink, once or twice a week.

A Recent Study by the CDC Showcases the Correlation Between Pregnancy & Binge Drinking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also agrees that no amount of alcohol is safe during any trimester of pregnancy. They came to this conclusion after conducting a 2011-2013 study which showcased that one in 10 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol in the past month and one in 33 reported that they binge drank during their pregnancy.

What kinds of risks can drinking alcohol present to the baby? From hearing and vision issues to problems with the heart, kidneys or bones, alcohol can severely affect your child’s development and growth. The study found that women who drank in their first trimester were 12 times more likely to give birth to a child with any of these issues, when compared to women who abstained from alcohol during their pregnancy.

Contact Highland OB/GYN to Learn More About the Side Effects of Drinking During Pregnancy

Interested in learning more about how alcohol can affect your baby’s growth or how you can help them develop healthily? Contact Highland OB/GYN today at (910) 485-1191 for more information.