Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should stop drinking alcohol altogether or at least restrict to moderate drinking – the doctors advice. Because by exceeding the recommended limit they often put their babies at risk. But do women ever pay any serious attention on this cliché warning, ever? If not, all you women better know the consequences now, than be sorry, later!
Although, moderate drinking like up to two units once or twice a week is permissible, total abstinence is always desirable – as the doctors say. Heavy drinking can cause Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, an incurable condition resulting in retardation, poor memory and in the worst cases, facial abnormalities. Surveys say, about one in 1,000 babies are born with the syndrome each year, worldwide.
But a milder condition, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is more common, affecting more than 6,000 children each year in
Because many women do not realize that they are pregnant for the first few months, the advice is extended to those trying to conceive as well. And if a pregnant woman chooses to carry on drinking, she should not get drunk and keep to the recommended limit of one to two units once or twice a week in order to minimize risks to the baby.