Do You Know That Your Child May Be Having Those Low Grades In School Because Of The Alcohol You Took In Pregnancy? By Dr Chin Akano
By Admin 2 months ago
Do you know that the alcohol you take in pregnancy passes through the placenta to the baby’s blood and the baby is not able to process alcohol as well as their mother because their liver is immature?
This may result in the damage of the baby’s brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body and disrupts the development of the baby in the womb as well as affects the progress of that pregnancy.
All the problems the baby can suffer as a result of alcohol taken by their mother in pregnancy is known as a foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Though alcohol can harm your baby at any stage of pregnancy, effects are worse during the first 3 months of pregnancy (1st trimester).
Alcohol damages the important cells in the baby's body that are necessary for growth and also disrupts the connection of the nerves in the brain. The damage to the cells by alcohol results in poor growth, smaller body size and a delay in development.
Larger amounts of alcohol have been found to increase the problems: binge drinking is more harmful than drinking small amounts of alcohol. However, there is no "safe" level of alcohol use during pregnancy.
Drinking alcohol while pregnant has been associated with miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labour and problems with the way the baby grows and develops in the womb.
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· poor growth while in the womb and after birth, so the baby is shorter and smaller than average, sometimes with deformed limbs
· small head and jaw
· distinctive facial features, especially: small eyes set far apart, a thin upper lip, a smooth philtrum (the ridge that runs below the nose to the top lip)
· cerebral palsy – a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles, which affects movement and co-ordination
· learning disorders – problems with thinking, speech, social skills and/or memory (for example, finding it difficult to translate thinking into saying, or reading into speaking)
· mood, attention or behavioural problems – for example, autistic-like behaviour, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or sleep problems
· problems with the liver, kidneys, heart or other organs
· hearing and sight problems
· a weak immune system
Some children may only develop mild symptoms while some may be severely affected. If these children are not diagnosed on time with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and given the right support they require, they are likely to face a plethora of issues later in life. A lot of them have been found to misuse drugs and alcohol, get expelled from school, develop mental health problems and struggle to find a job and live independently as adults.
So as much as possible, please avoid alcohol while carrying your baby.
Thanks for reading and taking care.