I had the privilege of meeting a pregnant woman the other day, IMAGINE THAT…..She was in her second trimester of pregnancy…..
On this particular occasion, the woman asks me, “Dr. Angela, do you think it would be ok if I had a drink?!?!?” My immediate response was, “A drink of what”? She then beckoned me over with her hand and whispered in my ear…….”I’ve been dying for a glass of red wine”!
I know that some of you are likely thinking, “alcohol in pregnancy, that’s a no brainer”. Well, not so much! Lots of folks seem to be under the impression that a sip here, or a glass of wine there, will have no impact on the unborn fetus.
WRONG! I DO NOT, under any circumstances, recommend that my pregnant moms KNOWINGLY consume alcohol. Regardless of what trimester they’re in!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released data implicating fetal alcohol exposure as the leading PREVENTABLE cause of birth defects, and intellectual/neuro-developmental problems in children.
How much/little does it take to cause such issues? No one knows for sure; hence, it’s best to just avoid it all together.
Here’s what you need to know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; formerly known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome….:
IT’S PREVENTABLE! Just say no to alcohol during pregnancy.
It’s a COMBINATION of mental, physical, and behavioral problems…….you may note physical findings including but not limited to: small head, a smooth philtrum(the space between the nose and the upper lip), shorter height than expected, etc.
Neuro-developmental findings such as low IQ, behavioral issues, attention deficit disorders, etc., are common.
Structural and/or functional disorders with organ systems such as heart, kidneys, bones, and/or hearing/vision problems are common place.
The more you drink, the more likely you are to have an affected child!
LEGAL AND SAFE DON’T NECESSARILY GO HAND IN HAND!
Comparatively speaking, alcohol produces more significant neurobehavioral effects in the fetus than drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, etc.
20% of pregnant women consume alcohol…..where there is use of one substance, there is likely to be others.
Lets not be judgmental….this isn’t a socioeconomic “thing”. More folks than you might think have substance abuse/use problems.
Hoping this blog post adds value to your day!
Until next time,
Look Better. Feel Better. Be Better.
Mother, Midwesterner, and award-winning OB/GYN, Dr. Angela is equal parts best girlfriend and bold professional, supporting women’s health with innovative approaches to care and heavy doses of humor. Dr. Angela has done more than launch a successful practice, she has defined herself as a voice for a new generation of womanhood, established her ASK DR. ANGELA brand committed to authenticity, and built a community rooted in trust, candor, and compassion.