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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. Am seven weeks and two days pregnant (just found out yesterday) and up until now I have been drinking quite heavily; like every night I would share a bottle of wine with my partner (approx 4 glasses). Have I now caused irreversible damage to my baby? As of now I have given up and will continue to do so for sure but have I left it too late and has the damage been done?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi there
Doctor :   I am
Doctor :   Pls. give. me few seconds to go through your query.
User :   Hi Dr San Tosh. Can you please help me with my question. I am worried sick
Doctor :   Ok, Gin I have gone through your query.
Doctor :   I can Understand the problem you are in.
User :   It really feels like I've done the damage already as I've read that this is a crucial time
Doctor :   It is first trimester that is very sensitive and all the organogenesisi takes place now.
Doctor :   Yes you re right.
User :   So I have no hope, chance are damage is done and my child could have FAS?
Doctor :   If it would have been only wine, than I advise you to wait till 11/12 week and get an Ultrasound scan done which will reveal the growth and other possibilities.
Doctor :   After which you can decide what has to be done.
Doctor :   Please be relaxed till then and have lots of fruits and veggies and juices and dry fruits.
Doctor :   Also sprouts and green leafy diet.
Doctor :   Please do start on Folic acid tablets and multi vitamin tablets.
User :   Yes, it has been only red and white wine. When is FAS development most common? Do the next 6 weeks have just as much importance
Doctor :   I hope if the alcohol is only wine , then the whole past can be forgotten.
Doctor :   As it is 7 weeks now , the next 6-7 weeks is most crucial.
User :   So if it has only been wine (maybe a few champagens) chances are it just might be ok
Doctor :   Pls. take proper care, take a break if you are working.Have natural and organic foods. And get a USD done after 11 weeks.
User :   What will a USD show up as far a damage caused by alcohol? What are symptoms that will be present
Doctor :   A USD will help you in detecting any posiible Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
User :   Is a USD just a normal Ultra Sound
Doctor :   They do a vaginal USD to see it better.
Doctor :   Or sometimes a 3D USD to see things better.
User :   So this sort of scan will show if there is any Fetal Alchohol Syndrom? Any other test I can take? Can i have the scan at the start of week 11 or do i have to wait longer. I thought 11 weeks would be too early to detect malformations??
User :   Can i have any test earlier?
Doctor :   I do agree but there is no early test as it has to be seen by measuring the BPD and FR length.
Doctor :   BPD is BiParietal Diameter
Doctor :   Crown rump length. has also to be seen.
User :   Do you know of any other cases where women have consumed alcohol (daily) up until 7 weeks pregnant? If so what was their outcome?
Doctor :   In most of the cases the alcohol consumption is too much and we have advised MTP.
User :   What is MTP
Doctor :   Medical Termination of pregnancy
User :   so i really have left it too late
Doctor :   I might require more time to actually help you better.
Doctor :   I require the exact ml/dosage of alcohol that you consumed ?
Doctor :   And did you ever smoke ?
User :   yes, i am down to one cigarette a day. I just feel terrible now.
Doctor :   No. Please do not worry.
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