Drinking alcohol while pregnant can negatively affect your baby in a litany of ways, some many moms aren't even aware of.
As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, she is told all the things she can't eat and drink. Some of those things are universally known to be bad for pregnant women while others will come as quite a surprise. One that everyone knows is alcohol. However, a shocking amount of women in the US continue to consume alcohol even after discovering they're pregnant.
A recent study revealed that around 11.5% of women in the US continue to drink while pregnant, and 3.9% of women carry on binge drinking. You might say to yourself that those numbers are pretty low, and you'd be right. However, any number other than zero is too high when discussing this topic. Let us explain why.
There are so, so many ways in which consuming alcohol can negatively affect your growing fetus, as outlined by WebMD. The more extreme side effects include miscarriage and even stillbirth. It can also lead to the baby's heart and kidneys being underdeveloped, or even prevent them from being able to see or hear properly.
You may have also heard of something called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. A disorder that can negatively affect not only the way your baby looks but also how they think and learn. It can stunt the development of their memory, cause the area between their nose and mouth not to develop and just be smooth, and even lead to them being hyperactive and not paying attention to others when they get older.
Some of you might be reading this and wondering why on Earth any moms-to-be would continue to drink after discovering they're pregnant. Well, for some, it's not as simple as just quitting. If you fall into that category, there are people and organizations out there that can help you. There's no better reason to quit than for the health of your baby, and if you need extra help then reach out to your doctor or a medical professional.