Drinking Alcohol

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Angela - December 7

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year now with no luck. Last weekend we had our christmas party and I had more than I should have share of alcohol drinks. My period is now late. Should I be concerned if I am pregnant? It would be just my luck. i have been following all the rules for a year and I let my guard down.

 

E - December 7

ADVERSE EFFECTS AND TIMING OF EXPOSURE -------------- Pre-embryonic phase (days 0-14 post-conception) --------------- The fertilised ovum is transported down the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it implants in the endometrium 6 or 7 days after conception. During this time cell division is occurring, forming the blastocyst, which consists of a cluster of undifferentiated cells. During the second week the cells divide further and differentiate to form the embryonic disc. Exposure to a teratogen in the pre-embryonic phase probably has an ‘all or nothing’ effect. Damage to all or most cells causes death of the blastocyst. Injury to only a few undifferentiated cells probably allows compensation and normal development. ------------------------------ Embryonic phase (weeks 3 - 8 post-conception) ----------------- During the third week the cells of the early embryo differentiate into the three main germ layers from which the various organs and tissues will develop. From the fourth week onwards the cells increase in number and change in structure and arrangement to form specific organs and tissues (organogenesis). Some organs develop earlier than others, eg the central nervous system develops before the face and kidneys. By the end of the 8th week the main organ systems and body features are established. Medications taken during this phase have the greatest potential to cause gross malformations by affecting organogenesis. The type of malformation depends on which organs are most susceptible at the time of exposure.

 

m - December 7

Angela, I really don't think you have anything to worry about. With my first son, I didn't know I was pregnant until 7 weeks, and before that I drank quite a bit... until I developed a sudden distaste for beer. Lots of people drink before they know they're pregnant. Don't beat yourself up for one night. You're ok! Good luck TTC!

 

m - December 7

E, that is interesting. I have heard that before implantation (or actually before the cord develops) the baby doesn't get exposure to what the mother consumes. Is that untrue?

 

E - December 7

That is true to some degree but many substances, caffiene especially, effect cell division. Cell division is crucial during the early stages and if something goes awry with CD due to the mother's habits or something she did, miscarriage almost always occurs. You do not need to transfer the substance to your baby's blood stream for it to be teratogenic to its growth. Still, it should put minds at ease that you will not give birth to a defective baby based on what you ate/drank/smoked, prior to knowing you were pregnant. Miscarriage is the risk.

 

m - December 7

Great info! Thanks! :o)

 

Angela - December 7

Thanks for the quick advice.

 

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