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Is it safe to take alcohol during pregnancy?

I have been taking alcohol from my teen age. Now i got married and pregnent now. Iam taking alcohol on week ends and in the parties. Is it good to take alcohol during this time. Do i need to stop it completely?
Fri, 3 May 2013
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OBGYN 's  Response
Its best not to take any alcohol during pregnancy.
Earlier studies have shown that the effect of alcohol on the baby can occur even with small amounts, called as fetal alcohol syndrome which includes facial abnormalities, behavioural problems in childhood etc
Newer evidence is questioning this .
Either way, to be on the safer side , its best to avoid it completely.
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carolene smith's  Response

It is better to stop completely dear. afteral its your baby's health. The self control what you practice now will lead you a long way. Babies are born small and low weight if you take alcohol. Alcohol damages the link between you and the baby, leading to restricted blood flow and thereby the essential nutrients. I saw a video the other day as i am planning for my pregnancy. The video showed how the blood vessesl are affected and baby does not get nutrition, also its wastes dont come out well. Even smoking affects so keep away from smoke zones. I have already stopped my alcohol and smoking. I used to drink socially may be twice a week and smoke sometimes.

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Anonymous's  Response
Alcohol is never good for babies and should be totally avoided during pregnancy ,because if you are not in your proper senses how could you expect your baby to be.It may lead in abnormal child.
So just quit alcohol and any other addiction if you have like smoking or else.

Please do not play with future of your child,ultimately you will have to bear the consequences,
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natasha's  Response
alcholo during pregnacy is very dangerous as u may lay even in abortion its better to avoid this habbit atleast till u are pregnant
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malte's  Response
alcohol is not good if you are pregnant or not. and in pregnancy you are even affecting the baby also. it is absolutely necessary for you to stop alcohol during your entire period of pregnancy and while breast feeding.
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Anonymous's  Response

There's no scientific evidence that drinking moderately during pregnancy will affect your and baby's health but it is better to be safe than sorry.I have seen Italian women having red wine during pregnancy but in very moderate quantity. I have also seen Irish women having Guiness beer during pregnancy as some of them believe that it has iron in it. Very controversial topic scientifically like how much drinking, how frequent etc but just have a few sips to stop your craving but better to avoid it.

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Desiree's  Response

ANY alcohol or drugs during pregancy can actually cause the developing brain to get some kind of damage. You should completely stop drinking until after you have the baby. Also with alcohol women have been found to have difficult deliveries and even pre-mature (very low, unhealthy) weight babies.

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sukhneer's  Response
you need to stop it completely, then only you can save you fetus. drinking alcohol is not good for your health nor for the baby.
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