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Pregnancy Myth: Drinking Any Alcohol During Pregnancy Will Harm Your Baby

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No one will tell you it’s okay to drink like it’s your 21st birthday when pregnant. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition affecting the baby’s growth that could result in mental and physical problems caused by a mother who drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

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Thank you for your comments. Please note that "No amount of alcohol has been decided safe by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)." This article does not condone alcohol use in pregnant women--it suggests consulting with your doctor, a person who is intimately familiar with a pregnant woman's personal health history. Please do not draw conclusions based on your own opinions.

February 21, 2011 - 9:19am
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I agree with the previous posters, what a horribly misleading headline. Some research indicates light drinking MAY not harm the child; however, development of FASD depends on more than just amount of alcohol consumed. It also depends on the mother's general health, nutrition, her body's ability to metabolize the alcohol - that is why most responsible doctors advocate for abstinence. Some people can drink during pregnancy without deleterious effects, but who's going to risk finding out if they are one of those people or not?

February 18, 2011 - 2:25pm
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May not be harmful? Is that proof enough for you? Show peer-reviewed studies that prove any alcohol is safe for pregnant women or you are doing a grave disservice to public health.

January 24, 2011 - 4:29pm
EmpowHER Guest

Alcohol is a teratogen - literally, a substance that causes birth defects. What other teratogens should a pregnant woman try in small doses because the effects might not be noticeable?

January 21, 2011 - 7:53pm
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