Alcohol During Pregnancy: The Real Deal

Everyone loves a bit of fun, but when it comes to alcohol it’s best to leave the bottle of wine in the grocery aisle when you’re pregnant. It might be tempting to have a glass during special occasions, but there are a lot of questions about how much one serving of alcohol can affect your baby. Is alcohol during pregnancy safe?

How does alcohol affect my baby?

As soon as you consume alcohol, it travels through the placenta and reaches the baby. Alcohol is known to process much slower in a baby as opposed to an adult. Since the alcohol remaining in the baby’s bloodstream is longer than the mother, it causes permanent damage to the unborn baby. 

Not only does alcohol have the ability to cause stillbirth or a miscarriage, but it can also lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Effect of FASD include abnormal facial features, learning disabilities, as well as problems with the heart or kidneys. The full list can be viewed here.

But some websites say alcohol is okay in moderation?

Even though there is much debate over this, the amount of speculation is enough to warn mothers not to drink any alcohol. In this instance, the risk outweighs the reward.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, there is no known safe amount of alcohol. They also mention that around 40,000 babies each year are born with FASD in the U.S. It’s better to stay clear of it until you’ve had the baby. This includes wine, wine coolers, beer, and liquor.

The overall verdict?

NO – Whether you are trying to conceive, or you’re already pregnant, alcohol is dangerous for the baby…it’s a NO on our list! It’s always better to be cautious when it comes to your baby’s health.

Even though you shouldn’t have alcohol, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun drink. There are great mocktail recipes out there that are just as tasty!