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I am 16 and 5 weeks pregnant. It is my Granddad's 70th birthday party on Saturday. Can I have a drink or will it hurt the baby?
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replied April 28th, 2012
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Occasional or sporadic small amounts of alcohol use does not affect the baby. You should avoid or even restrict the intake if taking hard drinks. You can have wine (lesser amount as compared to when taken in non-pregnant state). Avoid regular or habitual alcohol use. Avoid smoking too as it affects blood circulation to baby and thus affect development. For further clarification, visit your doctor/gynecologist.
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replied April 29th, 2012
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Although there are no defined or known safe amounts of alcohol to drink during pregnancy, occasional small amount of intake (no more than one or two units of alcohol, no more than once or twice a week) is not considered harmful to baby (there is no proof of harm from light drinking). If a woman decides to continue drinking habits during pregnancy, she should stick to light drinking. Alcohol rapidly reaches the baby by crossing the blood-placenta barrier, and heavy drinking (six or more units of alcohol a day) during first few weeks and months of pregnancy (when the organ development is at peak), the chances of permanent damage occurring to baby is high. The chances of miscarriage, stillbirth or disorders like fetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) are high. The characteristics of children with FASD include: Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum), small head size, shorter-than-average height, low body weight, poor coordination, hyperactive behavior, difficulty paying attention, poor memory, difficulty in school or learning disabilities, speech and language delays, intellectual disability or low IQ, poor reasoning and judgment skills, sleep and sucking problems as a baby, vision or hearing problems, problems with the heart, kidney, or bones. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up of your gynecologist. Early ultrasound scan (after 16 weeks of gestation) will help to rule out obvious birth anomalies.
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