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Question: Social drinking first three months?


 eli23 - Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:57 pm

Hello, I've always had irregular periods so I didn't think much of it when I went a couple months without getting one. I also started developing nausea and feeling extremely tired so I took a pregnancy test. I went to the doctor and found out I am just over three months pregnant. I have been drinking probably once a week for this entire time and am wondering how high my chances are of having a baby with FAS or if not the full blown effects, the disfigured looks, poor eyesight or anything else? Will stopping now that I know help any or just prevent any further damage?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:53 pm

User avatar Hello,
They have not been able to determine what level of alcohol use in pregnancy might be safe. Therefore, the recommendation is to avoid it altogether. But, many babies are born of heavily drinking mothers who do not develop the fetal alcohol syndrome. There is probably a genetic component which makes some people more susceptible than others. We just don't know.

As for quitting now, it absolutely will help since many drug exposures are dose-related, meaning the more exposure over time, the greater the risk of damage. Don't worry too much about what is passed but concentrate on doing everything you can now to have a healthy pregnancy, including taking prenatal vitamins, eating right, exercising and using seatbelts.

Best wishes.

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