At parties like Christmas, one of the images that comes to mind is the family gathered around a table full of food with the glasses full of a good wine brinda or toasting with a glass of cava. And many women who are waiting for a child are wondering if they can drink a little ... But where is the li
At parties like Christmas, one of the images that comes to mind is the family gathered around a table full of food with the glasses full of a good wine brinda or toasting with a glass of cava. And many women who are waiting for a child are wondering if they can drink a little ... But where is the limit on alcohol consumption during pregnancy? It is an open debate, even among specialists who watch over the well-being of women. Around this consumption, different campaigns have been launched in Spain such as 'U
n pregnancy without' that seek to make women aware of the damage that alcohol consumption can cause before, during or after pregnancy (while lasts lactation) in the fetus.The syndrome of fetal alcoholism and its consequencesThe so-called fetal alcohol syndrome that manifests itself with physical and mental retardation, cranioencephalic alterations and joint problems, which will change the way they walk in the least. In addition, this syndrome causes the child to be born with low weight, elongated and narrow eyes and without prominence in the cheekbones.
In statements of
Dr. Bajo Arenas
, president of the SEGO (Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics) the pregnant woman should abstain from the intake of any amount of alcohol, for the sake of her future child. However, there are many women who come to the consultations of midwives or gynecologists with quite a scare in the body because they have been drinking small amounts of alcohol or have committed some excess during the first weeks of pregnancy because they were unaware of their condition, even with a feeling of guilt.What amount of alcohol is harmful in pregnancy
It is important to reassure pregnant women who ask about alcohol consumption in a timely manner during pregnancy, at the beginning of pregnancy and without knowing they were pregnant, since according to five studies published in
BJOG (An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
only high consumption has negative consequences for children. The conclusions of these studies tell us that moderate consumption does not seem to influence the neuropsychological development of the child , that is to say that it does not have negative effects for the baby, nor does it report any benefit. The problem is thatwe do not know what is the safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
, that is why health professionals should recommend pregnant women not consume any alcohol during pregnancy.