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How Much Alcohol Is Safe for Expectant Mothers?


Health & Wellness  (tags: women, babies, pregnancy, alcohol, research, risks, safety, study, warning, society, health, prevention )

Carrie
- 714 days ago - scientificamerican.com
Nobody questions the notion that heavy drinking during pregnancy is harmful. It can cause facial abnormalities, central nervous system problems and stunted growth. But evidence regarding the effects of light or occasional drinking is mixed.



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Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 5:10 pm
Interesting. When pregnant with my first, in the mid 70's, older women in my family stated that beer was actually good for the pregnancy...and, later good for the milk. (I couldn't stomach it at all, though). Times do change.
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:16 pm
how about none??
 

Laurie H. (730)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:15 pm
Thanks for this post Carrie. In our day, we were told to stay away from alcohol when pregnant entirely, not even a glass of wine.~
 

Patricia GG (103)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:45 pm
hmmmm don't know, don't drink and not pregnant....hahaha. For sure a reasonable answer would be to say dont' drink during pregnancy regardless. It's only 9 months of fasting.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:13 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Suzanne L. (137)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:41 pm
I'm long past having to worry about it personally but I still think it's probably a good idea to err on the side of caution. I've seen kids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:50 pm
Good idea to stop drinking and smoking while pregnant and breastfeeding no matter what anyone says. If you want to give your baby the best possible chance then do the right thing.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 11:51 pm
Alcohol (or ethanol) is a depressant and is categorized as a drug. Not drinking for nine months is a small price to pay for a normal, healthy baby.
 

Virginia Esquer (8)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 11:56 pm
none is good
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:18 am
Everything in moderation.
 

Missy O. (8)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:21 am
You sometimes reads, a tiny bit, alittle only some, wont harm the baby to be, however howmuch is alittle, some ect.. better stay away, its only for a short period of your life, and if you cant stay away from wine when your pregnet I cant help but to wonder if you cant make that sacrifice for you child.. ? what kind of parent will you be..?

-Missy-
 

Anneke Hut (40)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:38 am
Pregnancy = No alcohol, No smoking, No drugs!
 

Pat A. (116)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:55 am
I would say that NO alcohol or drugs or smoking would be safe for the unborn child!
 

Tanya W. (55)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:21 am
If you care for your unborn child you will unselflishly forgo all alcohol, cigarettes and drugs!!! You may regret your misguided choices in 9 months time.
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:49 am
I'd ven say: If you care for children (and humans - aren't they all childeren?) you won't force a child into the world as it is(*), and as it is developing, these days.

* e.g. (increasingly) polluted (chemically, radioactive, and last-not-least MENTALLY) down to the very last drop of every single mammal's mother's milk

 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:40 am
Thanks.
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:38 am

The women here know ,,,,and they say ,,,,none
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:30 am
Two pages of inconclusive evidence; isn't it better to err on the side of just not drinking? The same questions arise with smoking and a baby's health. My mother smoked 3 packs a day when she was pregnant with my brother and me. He was born 7lbs 14 oz, I was 8lbs, 13 oz.
Both my grandparents smoked through their pregnancies as well; genetics? luck?
 

Patricia H. (454)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:35 am
noted
 

Margery Coffey (8)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:38 pm
None. Alcohol is a poison.
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:38 pm
Zero!
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:29 pm
I agree that when pregnant, that there shouldn't be any intake of Alcohol, drugs or smoking. Matter of fact, that would continue for sometime long after she gives birth, especially if she is planning on nursing the baby.
Thanks Carrie
 

Ruth S. (298)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:47 am
NONE!!!
 

Thomas P. (468)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:05 am
Noted. I don't see how refraining from drinking any is a bad thing. I agree with erring on the side of caution, and I'm also not convinced of the results of the testing.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:44 am
Forget about expectant mothers, this poison is no good for ANYONE!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:53 am
Alcohol kills 2.5 million a year

Alcohol More Dangerous Than Crack or Heroin, Experts Say
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 11:02 am
How Alcohol Companies Launched a Digital Campaign Against America's Kids

The Alcohol Industry's Plan to Give America a Giant Drinking Problem

There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption

The idea that drinking small amounts of alcohol will do you no harm is a myth.


 

Carrie B. (317)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:06 pm
I have a relative who drank excessively during her last two pregnancies and gave birth to two tiny fetal alcohol syndrome babies. Both had learning disabilities and the oldest needed special ed through all of her school years. Both are adults and the youngest is a happy well adjusted father of four and grandfather of one. He has never taken a drink or used drugs. His sister, on the other hand has been in and out of drug rehab and jail.

My advice~No Drugs, No Alcohol! The price is too high for the baby you are suppose to be nurturing!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:58 pm
Is the lure of the demon rum so intense that it is worth taking that kind of chance of life lasting harm? I can't imagine someone saying yes.
 

SCOPO Center (13)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 9:09 am
I very much doubt that drinking alcohol at all is good for pregnant women
 

AniMae Chi (432)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:23 pm
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