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Drinking While Pregnant - It's Worse Than We Thought

We all know pregnancy and drinking don't mix, but a lot of moms-to-be still do have a drink now and then.  Many doctors even tell women that it's OK to have a glass of wine here and there.  But, new evidence shows that's really not true, and even just a drink or two can harm your baby.

As many as 1 in 5 American children, many of whom seem happy and healthy, could have one of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study in the November issue of Pediatrics.

Not all affected children have the classic symptoms, which is why previous studies may have underestimated this growing problem.  Behavioral conditions, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can be connected to FASD.  Even low levels of alcohol can play a role in miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome.

So, even if you had a healthy baby after drinking during a previous pregnancy, researchers reiterate that the baby you’re carrying now could still be harmed.  What's more, the risk of harming your baby from drinking alcohol also increases as you get older. Experts say the best thing to do is to completely give up alcohol during pregnancy, and enjoy a mocktail or sparkling cider. 

For more details, read the full article from Fit Pregnancy.