We all know drinking alcohol while pregnant is a no-no because it can harm the baby. But a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying this: “Stop drinking alcohol if you are trying to get pregnant or could get pregnant.”
Could get pregnant? Does that mean if you’re fertile and enjoying an active sex life you cannot drink alcohol? It’s what the CDC is recommending because more than 3 million U.S. women are at risk of exposing their developing baby to the harmful effects of alcohol. “About half of all U.S. pregnancies are unplanned and, even if planned, most women do not know they are pregnant until they are 4-6 weeks into the pregnancy,” the CDC’s report continues. “This means a woman might be drinking and exposing her developing baby to alcohol without knowing it.” Alcohol use during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) and cause lifelong physical and behavioral disabilities for the baby. “Any level of alcohol use could harm their baby,” the CDC warns. “All types of alcohol can be harmful, including all wine and beer.” So, as the New York Times puts it, “the only way to ensure that the effects of alcohol would not be passed on to a child, then, would be alcoholic abstinence.” The CDC offers the infographic below to illustrate the dangers of too much alcohol for pregnant and non-pregnant women. Note the amount it considers as “drinking too much.” Do you agree? What do you think of the CDC report?
This originally appeared in FemaleNetwork.com
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