Alcohol and early pregnancy?

I found out today that I am pregnant, I've been drinking alcohol for the past few days every night.

I don't drink very much just a few shots but I didn't know I was pregnant until now. Do you think this will harm my baby?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Its definitely best to avoid alcohol while TTC or pregnant. There is no known "safe" amount of alcohol. Caffeine is also another thing to cut out of your diet, particularly concentrated sources like coffee or Coke.

    It can make a massive difference to your chances of conception, chance of a miscarriage, and chance of deformities in the fetus. Fetal alcohol syndrome is of particular concern, and is the #1 cause of preventable birth defects in children born in America.

    Here's a few quotes from the sources I've listed below:

    "Caffeine can have negative effects on pregnant women or on women who would like to become pregnant including an increased risk for difficult conception and miscarriage. "

    "Alcohol consumption, even in small amounts, can reduce a woman's chance of conceiving by more than 50%, according to researchers in Maryland."

    "According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, heavy drinkers (more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day) are at greater risk of giving birth to a child with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS includes mental and physical birth defects and growth problems associated with the mother's high levels of alcohol use during pregnancy. If you don't drink any alcohol, you will prevent fetal alcohol syndrome.

    Studies have also shown that consuming moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy may contribute to early miscarriage. "

    "FAS is characterized by brain damage, facial deformities, and growth deficits. Heart, liver, and kidney defects are also common, as are vision and hearing problems. Individuals with FAS have difficulties with learning, attention, memory, and problem solving."

    Good luck, and remember, that while you can't change what you've done, you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by avoiding alcohol from now on.

    Source(s): http://www.rochester.edu/uhs/healthtopics/nutritio... (caffeine) http://pennhealth.com/health_info/pregnancy/000205... (alcohol, smoking, caffeine during pregnancy) http://au.news.yahoo.com/080121/19/15l8f.html (caffeine doubles miscarriage risk) http://www.nofas.org/family/facts.aspx (fetal alcohol syndrome)
  • 9 years ago

    Apparently early in the pregnancy it doesn't matter, as the brain and organs have not developed.

    And even in the later stages of pregnancy it is okay to drink in moderation..

    Im not suggesting to drink but it wont do any significant damage. Think of all the ladies who drank before these tests were done? Nothing was wrong with their bubbas.

  • 9 years ago

    You're good lady :). I found out I was pregnant two days after a VERY drunken new years, and just had a beautiful baby girl four months ago with no problems :). Just take it easy now and it'll all be good :) congrats!

  • 9 years ago

    If you continue to drink, YES it will definitely harm the unborn child and be a danger to your own health. Please STOP now, for you and the baby. The child can't make that decision, only you. Be blessed and have a healthy baby.

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