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We all know, even those who are not and are not to be parents, that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can seriously compromise the health of the baby.
In the first medical consultation of a pregnant woman, one of the first prohibitions in her diet are those of alcoholic beverages. And it is not for less, the main congenital defects of a baby are caused by the consumption of alcohol by mothers during pregnancy.
Although the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) It is easy to prevent, a percent of European babies are born with this disorder that causes serious deformations and disabilities in children. They are babies whose mothers did not heed the medical recommendation not to drink alcohol, and as a consequence, they end up being born with birth defects.
Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances for fetal development. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of miscarriage and preterm labor. Children can be born with altered facial features and malformations of the heart, kidneys, digestive tract, extremities, etc. In addition to the physical, alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause a delay in the growth and psychomotor development of the baby, which can cause hyperactivity problems, difficulty memorizing, speaking or coordinating.
If you are pregnant, it is best that you pay attention to the countless investigations. Alcohol is the leading (non-genetic) cause of mental retardation in babies. A child diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (SFA) can present:
- Facial deformities.
- Slow and delayed development.
- Neurological problems.
Alcohol reaches the fetus through the placenta. When the mother drinks alcohol, her baby, in less than an hour, will have the same concentration of alcohol in his blood, even if it is a drop. For this reason, there is NO safe limit of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
It is also not advisable for the mother to drink alcohol while breastfeeding. Alcohol passes to the baby through milk. Think about it and your baby if you are pregnant.
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