Pregnancy and One Alcohol Binge Causes Serious Harm

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According to a Danish study, one alcohol binge during pregnancy can cause serious harm to the unborn baby. Expecting mothers who drank more than 7.5 units per session are more likely to have badly behaved children.

The study involved 30,000 women who were pregnant at the time of it starting. Seven years later, the researchers contacted the woman again to find out how well behaved their children were. Women who had binged on alcohol, even just once, had children who were not as well behaved as women who abstained from drink during the nine months. Those who binged also had seven-year-olds who had poor attention spans.

For the purpose of the study, a binge was defined as when a woman drank at least 7.5 units during one drinking sessions. One large glass of wine contains three units, so 2.5 glasses of wine would be an alcohol binge.

The expectant mothers were asked to fill out a questionnaire to detail their drinking habits during pregnancy. They were also monitored during the nine months, as they were all at different stages. Once the children turned seven-years-old, the mothers had to fill out a second questionnaire; this time about the behavior.

Using the information collected from the questionnaires, the researchers found that one alcohol binge during later pregnancy months was more likely to cause serious harm to behavior. There were small effects in women who had a binge session in the earlier stage, which would cover mothers who drank before realizing that they were pregnant. The study did show that most women binged at some point during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

According to Janni Niclasen, one of the researchers, the brain becomes less flexible when a child is exposed to one to two alcohol binges during the early stages of pregnancy. That can make a child struggle when put in difficult situations while growing up.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom recommends women avoid alcohol altogether during pregnancy. It also states that drinking heavily can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which can cause behavioral and learning difficulties, as well as facial abnormalities and restricted growth. The Danish study supports the initial problem linked to FAS. Dr Niclasen from the study also stated that binge drinking can lead to miscarriages or stillbirths.

While offering tips on avoiding drinking, the NHS states to avoid drinking more than one to two units once or twice each week.

Guardian Liberty Voice recently reported that neurologist professor Dick Swaab found that smoking during pregnancy causes babies to turn gay later in life. He also linked alcohol to this, explaining that brain cells migrate across the brain and can leave it. The IQ levels of children is affected due to this.

This study showing one alcohol binge during pregnancy can cause serious harm was not done to scare women out of drinking during pregnancy. It was an aim to educate women, so they think about the type of food they will eat or the drinks they will have during their pregnancy.

By Alexandria Ingham

Sources:

Daily Mail

NHS

Guardian Liberty Voice

2 Responses to "Pregnancy and One Alcohol Binge Causes Serious Harm"

  1. Ladge kviz   February 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    yes i do think it is possible there is a cause/effect problem , additionally reffering to 2 and a half glasses of wine as a “binge” is highly excessive no I know would consider 2 or 3 glasses of wine a binge using this word could lead readers who only read the headline to assume its talking about getting seriously drunk.

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  2. Joe Cushing   February 1, 2014 at 2:23 am

    In an environment where women are told not to drink during pregnancy because it could harm the baby’ where women won’t even take aspirin for a headache because they are so careful about what they put in their bodies while pregnant; isn’t it possible that maybe a mother who drinks 7.5 units while pregnant is one who behaves with less care towards her children? Couldn’t that be the cause of the children acting out. I think we have an issue with trying to separate correlation and causation. To really know what the cause of drinking this much during pregnancy is, you’d have to give a random group of women drinks and not tell them what is in it and compare them to a control group. Short of that, a study of adopted kids might work. I say might because there a drinking pregnant woman my also do all kinds of other things while pregnant that are different from a non-drinking pregnant woman or maybe that woman is in a different environment too. Maybe a drinking pregnant woman is more likely to be abused, for example. An abusive environment may lead to an increased risk of sociopathy in the child, so it may also lead to all kinds of other behavioral issues. Do drinking pregnant women take prenatal vitamins?

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