Alcohol Amp Pregnancy

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sharon333 - December 29

I have been trying to get pregnant for the past couple of months. However, I recently got my period. Let's just say (because I have heard of this before) that I have been pregnant since say November even though I got my period, and I have been drinking alcohol, can it effect the baby that early on?

 

cammieque - December 29

i found out last week that i'm pregnant and i drank a few times earlier in the month, and from what i'm told, what i've read, and what i've heard, it shouldn't have an effect. i know people who have gotten black out drunk and found out the next day that they are pregnant and they're kids are fine. but i would suggest if you are trying to get pregnant to either stop drinking or cut down on your intake just to be safe.

 

Quantess - December 31

Alcohol causes birth defects, but even if the baby looks fine, later on he/she may have a lot of problems and develop more slowly than other kids. Alcohol is worse for the fetus than tobacco, marijuana, or even cocaine. That said, did you have a real period? If so, I really doubt you are pregnant. You can spot a little and be pregnant, but if you get your full-on period, you are not pregnant.

 

iona - January 2

Ok Quantess, relax. Believe me it is not a few times drinking nor even moderate drinking throughout pregnancy that causes birth defects, but HEAVY, CHRONIC alcohol ABUSE throughout the entire pregnancy that does.

 

Quantess - January 3

iona--there is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which is a birth defect caused by heavy drinking throughout the pregnancy. Moderate drinking throughout the pregnancy, or occasional binge drinking during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Effects. The baby looks normal, but as he/she gets older, then learning diabilities, behavior problems appear, which is because of the subtle brain damage caused by alcohol.

 

newbaby2009 - January 3

There are studies that show the tiniest amount of alcohol can affect a fetus. When a pregnant woman drinks, alcohol pa__ses swiftly through the placenta to her fetus. In the unborn baby’s immature body, alcohol is broken down much more slowly than in an adult’s body. As a result, the alcohol level of the fetus’s blood can be even higher and can remain elevated longer than that of the mother’s blood.a A nd studies that show one or two drinks a week have no affect. Its a personal opinion. I myself was a fetal alcohol baby and will not touch a single drop. Even when ttc. I dont even like to smell it. And i love to drink!!. Im 34 weeks and cant wait to be able to have a few drinks again! Found this: "Maternal alcohol consumption even at low levels was adversely related to child behavior; a dose-response relationship was also identified. The effect was observed at average levels of exposure of as low as 1 drink per week. Although effects on mean scores for Externalizing and Aggressive behaviors were observed at low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure, effects on Delinquent behavior and Total Problem Scores were observed at moderate/heavy levels of exposure. Children with any prenatal alcohol exposure were 3.2 times as likely to have Delinquent behavior scores in the clinical range compared with nonexposed children. The relationship between prenatal alcohol exposure and adverse childhood behavior outcome persisted after controlling for other factors a__sociated with adverse behavioral outcomes. Clinicians are often asked by pregnant women if small amounts of alcohol intake are acceptable during pregnancy. These data suggest that no alcohol during pregnancy remains the best medical advice."

 

lunamoo - January 4

Quantess, FAS is not a "birth defect" but a whole slew of "defects" which is only found in some children of chronic alcohol abusers. I am a teacher and I can say that every child (and adult for that matter!) is not perfectly normal in ALL areas, so are we to say, "aha! your mom surely drank during pregnancy because you are below average in this or that!" What research fails to do is actually test the IQ of both parents to compare to that of their children when looking at these "learning disabilities." Of all the children I have come by in my 15 years teaching experience, I would never a__sume that a child with a learning disability is the result of their mom having some wine during pregnancy. Let us not forget that before the 1970s women drank socially and moderately (and probably more!) during pregnancy and this was the "norm." Does this mean that those generations are all mentally challenged!?!?! Probably not.

 

Quantess - January 4

lunamoo: My point was not to be judgmental, but to inform and warn parents-to-be that alcohol is harmful to the fetus. Some people have the illusion that it's okay to drink now and then while pregnant, without realizing that they are harming their baby. I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings. I'm just telling the truth. Alcohol has been shown to be more harmful to the fetus than any other recreational drug, including crack. I am a special educator who has also worked with children of many ages. Nice to meet another educator!

 

Quantess - January 4

I'm a speech-language pathologist, to be specific.

 

Skyeblue - January 5

Quantess, alcohol CAN be harmful, not IS 100% CERTAIN to be....It is all dose related. Sure if you are a chain smoker for 15 years you are very high risk for lung cancer. But the chances of you contracting lung cancer after 2 months of smoking is so so so low. The same with alcohol, if you are a chronic abuser you will certainally see liver damage. If you drank 10 times in your life, you wont. I just think it is not productive to scare women into thinking, "you drank before you knew your were pregnant...and maybe a lot!!! So you have done damage already." Anyway....do a google search with the words "occasional binge drinking in pregnancy" and now the research shows that this is not even proven to harm the fetus! This kind of drinking which is 5 plus more drinks in one sitting oca__sionally.... versus chronic daily heavy consumption. There is a huge difference. Cheers anyway! We all want the best.

 

b__terflyjc - January 6

I have had 2 children and always stuck to a couple of gla__ses of wine a week and my children are both happy and healthy. My nana used to swear by a gla__s of guiness being good in pregnancy. It is only when you begin abusing alcohol that a birth defect is caused. 1 -2 gla__ses of wine is fine!

 

Quantess - January 10

I'm sorry if I sounded judgmental at all. I am a social drinker, and occasionally I binge drink, but the last thing I want to do is drink while pregnant. It takes self discipline to avoid alcohol during the two-week-wait, but I know that many women find out they are pregnant after they have been drinking, sometimes drinking quite a lot, and most of the time everything turns out just fine. But, as a speech-language pathologist, I have had a few students who were borderline mentally retarded, whose mothers drank a lot of alcohol during pregnancy. I distinctly remember one little girl who had moderate mental retardation, had seizures, was physically tiny, and was also on the Autism spectrum. She needed a one-on-one a__sistant throught her school day, and she needed just about every Special Ed service that public schools provide. I read her reports, that her mother drank "about a 6 pack every day" during pregnancy. I'm guessing she probably drank more than she admitted. The report did not say whether she cut down on her drinking when / if she ever realized she was pregnant. Whenever her mother came to meetings, she always seemed so distraught and stressed out at having to raise a child with so many disabilities and impairments. Of course, there are many students whose moms drank a little bit, who never ended up needing special ed services at all. And, most children who need speech therapy have normal intelligence, and some of them are very smart. I have worked with children of a wide range of abilities.

 

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